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People-Watching: It’s Not Just For Peeping Toms Anymore

The next time you’re in a public place — a coffeehouse, a park, a store — observe the people around you. Pick a person, a couple, or a group, and imagine what their lives might be like. Imagine All the

Posted in Character, Process, World-Building, Writing craft

The Romance of Eowain Samhain Giveaway!

Announcing my first annual Samhain Giveaway! Because my work has been so deeply inspired by the Celtic myths and legends of my Irish forebears, it seems only fitting that—as the holiest day on their calendar approaches—I should do my own

Posted in Announcements, Fiction, The Romance of Eowain, World-Building

The History of World-Building

One of the coolest things about working in the speculative fiction genre is that I don’t have to take the world as it is; I can make up a world that suits me. But don’t get the idea that world-creation

Posted in A Merchant's Tale, Fiction, World-Building

Don’t Strangle Your Unborn Story

Too many writers walk into their creative process with half a notion of the story in mind, and then do everything they can to shoehorn their creative faculties into that half-notion of a story. Don’t strangle your unborn story like

Posted in A Merchant's Tale, Creativity, Fiction, World-Building, Writing craft

Imagining a World

The first step in the writing process is to simply imagine the world of your story. When you attempt to plot out your story, you may find yourself just writing your idea of the story. The idea isn’t necessarily wrong,

Posted in A Merchant's Tale, Character, Conflict, Fiction, World-Building, 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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