To Return Home And Change One Thing

For the past three weeks, I have been on my honeymoon with my wife but sadly our honeymoon has come to an end.

We traveled around New Zealand South Island in a campervan. It was stunning. The landscape is enthralling and magical. From one side of the coast of flat farmlands and Victorian-era buildings to rigid vast mountain ranges stretching through the west coast like the spine of a human body.
This trip was nothing short of my expectations and I can’t wait for the next chapter in our life.


Return to Order

It has been  a while since I’ve posted on my blog. The school holidays filled my time with countless pages of editing, visiting family up the coast and professional learning days for work.
To be honest, after having time off, I’m struggling to find the rhythm and routine to sit down each morning before the day starts and post on my blog. However, consistency creates order.

I want to thank the people that contacted me to be a beta-reader for my debut novel, A Time of Stones. If you stumble upon this and you’re interested, click here and leave me your details. Contact me. 

Writing is an adventure that frees your imagination, your feelings and your passions. Till I recoupe and regather my routine, here is a quote from Albert Camus about the writing journey and the risk writers endure through their lifetime.

“On the ridge where the great artist move forward, every step is an adventure, an extreme risk. In that risk however, and only there, lies the freedom or art.  Like all freedom, it is a perpetual risk, an exhausting adventure, and this is why people avoid the risk today, as they avoid liberty with its exacting demands, in order to accept any kind of bondage and achieve at least comfort of soul. But if art is not an adventure, what is it and where is its justification?”

#DWTSmith #passion


Nine Tips to Achieve a Healthy Mind

We often make big goals but lose sight of the day-to-day process that we need to do in order to accomplish those big-picture goals. Taking the first step in establishing healthy habits is often the hardest part of any journey. I came up with a short list of healthy habits that just might help you to start to make healthier choices. Some might be harder than others, but each step gets you closer to your goals – this includes your writing goals.

“What you eat directly affects the structure and function of your brain.” Selub, E 2016.


Whats Goals Did You Achieve?

Last week, I talked about taking the time to celebrate small achievements and how it will give you a sense of accomplishment which will ultimately help tackle your larger goals.

I mentioned I want to share my small achievements with people following my blog and to showcase my progress on a personal level.

Many of us have goals which we strive for, but often times we only celebrate our big accomplishments. However, it’s important to celebrate the small successes just as much as the big ones.


D. W. T. Smith is Thankful and Inspired

Thank you to my 1000 followers on WordPress and 5K across my social media platform!

I am more than thrilled with the response and overwhelmed by the amount of people interested in my journey.  I am so surprised to see where in the world people have been reading and following my blog. The amount of attention motivates me more to publish my book and get my story into the world of literature.

Thank you to everyone.

#DWTSmith #thankful

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Distractions and Reactions

Distractions are everywhere. Cleaning or making another cup of coffee becomes a priority over writing.

You have the power to conquer them witih positive reactions and get in the groove of finishing your projects.


Character Goals and Motivations

“Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.”

–Kurt Vonnegut, 8 Basics of Creative Writing.

In the previous post on To Build a World, Part Four I looked at the theme of struggle. The struggle with your character in different elements of fantasy. I want to continue the character driven themes, with your character goals and motivations.


Paperback or Electronic Books

It’s that time of the week – Tuesday Discussion.

From those who are new, each week I post a topic (relevant to my WIP) and try to unravel the mysteries and perspectives of it. Last weeks post was Work in Progress and this week is:

Paperback or Electronic books?


Five Reasons to Hand-write your First Draft

With technology being at our fingertips, most writers have exchanged pen and paper with keyboards. However, there are a few of us old-school writers out there who maintain handwritten drafts. Here are 5 reasons why you should handwrite your first draft:


Bryon Bay Writers Festival 2018

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This weekend I am volunteering for the Byron Bay Writers Festival. I am super excited about being a Liasion and an Usher for the Main Stage (Southern Cross University Marque).

It is an important part of being a writer and communicating with like-minded people; and connecting with editors, authors, journalists etc… and the whole industry.

If anyone is in Australia and the North Coast Region of New South Wales, please come down to the festival and support our way of life.

To see the full program click here: Byron Bay Writers Festival.

#DWTSmith #byronwritersfestival