Hell Week 2018 – A Day in the Life of Haeckel and Carter

Originally posted on Library of Erana:
Today on the Infernal Broadcasting Channel we welcome Ernst Haeckel and Howard Carter.  Pull up a seat by the fire and get out the marshmallows…. [Ernst Haeckel]: (Stares into empty interrogation room). “Gutentag. Is…

Posted in Writing Life

Hell Week 2018 – Helen of Sparta

Originally posted on Library of Erana:
Character Spotlight About yourself: *Who are/were you? I am Helen, Queen of Sparta, you would know me as Helen of Troy. I was once the wife of King Menelaus, and lover and wife to…

Posted in Writing Life

Cover Reveal and Book Spotlight – Lovers in Hell (Heroes in Hell) – Historical Fantasy/Fantasy/SharedWorld/Hell Week

Originally posted on Library of Erana:
Only fools fall in love, and hell is filled with fools. Our damned lovers include: Christopher Marlowe and Will Shakespeare, Napoleon and Wellington, Orpheus and Eurydice, Hatshepsut and Senenmut, Abelard and Heloise, Helen and…

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Shall We Begin? Aristotle & Beginnings

The beginning, commonly called the setup, is the initial action of the situation, presented to us as a problem to be solved. The beginning defines your characters and the wants of your major character (or characters). Aristotle says a character

Posted in Conflict, Plot, Process, Story Structure, Theme, Writing craft

Author Spotlight: Christopher Lee

This week, I shine a spotlight on the amazing indie story-teller, Christopher Lee. Who is Christopher Lee? Yes, the name is familiar but he’s not Saruman, nor is he Dracula. He’s a somewhat lesser—but no less interesting—version. Christopher Lee is

Posted in Author Spotlight

Mood and Atmosphere

Stories without mood and atmosphere have an incomplete feeling. They need substance and fleshing out. The dialogue has nothing physical to play against. The characters have no arena in which to move about, and little stage business to enhance the

Posted in Conflict, Setting, Writing craft

Six Tips for Creative Fiction Collaboration

If you’ve been following my newsletter (and if you aren’t, sign up today!), you’ll know that I’ve been working on a creative fiction collaboration with a fellow fantasy author, Jean Lee, to create a work called King Eowain and the Boar,

Posted in King Eowain and the Boar, Writing craft, Writing Life

Seven Ways to Build Your Author Brand

The thought of selling yourself as though you’re a new watch or a can of fizzy soda may strike you as crass and make you want to stick a fork in your eye, but if you’ve written a book and

Posted in Author Platform, The Business of Writing

Brooklyn BookFest: A Retrospective

Last week (September 11-17) was the Brooklyn Book Festival, one of the premiere book festivals in the US, and the largest free literary event in New York City. Brooklyn BookFest is a unique kind of festival. Rather than being centralized

Posted in Passion, The Business of Writing, Writing Life

Bad Beginnings

The beginning. It’s a rough spot for many first drafts. As writers, we routinely place a disproportionate amount of attention on our introductory paragraphs. For good reason. Sometimes we just don’t know where a story is supposed to start. And

Posted in Process, Writing craft

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Michael Dellert is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 18 years. He is currently working as an independent freelancer. He lives in the Greater New York City area.
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