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Has Anybody Here Seen Mike?

Hi everyone. Yes, I’m still breathing. You can’t get rid of me that easily. But I can understand if you’ve been missing me. I’ve been a little scarce lately. No, I wasn’t in the back of a limo, and I

Posted in Announcements, Author Event, Commitment, Fiction, The Wedding of Eithne, Writing Life

NaNoWriMo: Thanksgiving Update – How Do I Write My Ending?

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. — Henry David Thoreau I’ll be honest, 2016 has been a mixed bag. On the one hand, we’ve lost so many cultural icons, from David Bowie to

Posted in Character, Commitment, Creativity, Story Structure, Writing craft, Writing Life

NaNoWriMo: Day Seventeen Update – Story Isn’t Linear

NaNoWriMo 2016: Life is nothing if not unpredictable. Ugh… Ok. Life threw me a curve ball. So much for outlines. So much for schedules and daily word counts. For the last ten years, I’ve been the proud companion to a

Posted in Commitment, Discipline, Story Structure, Writing craft, Writing Life

NaNoWriMo: Day Three Update

The decision to engage in National November Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) is probably the most masochistic thing I’ve done since adopting my 13 Week Novel Writing process. Except maybe for that lost weekend in Iceland… The NaNoWriMo Battle Plan Any

Posted in Commitment, Discipline, Passion, Writing Life

Eithne Comes to Droma

The Surprises of Love and Romance Note: I’ll be releasing a new book called The Romance of Eowain on 5 July 2016. It’s the continuing story of Hedge King in Winter! Lord Eowain, now Hedge King of Droma, must woo the

Posted in Commitment, Fiction, Self-Publishing, The Romance of Eowain, Writing Life

1st Annual Reader Survey

Spring. A time of renewal and new beginnings. Growth and nurturing. Learning and hard work. As this blog approaches it’s first official anniversary on 5 July 2016, I’m of a sentimental state of mind. Thanks to you, my readers, it’s

Posted in Author Platform, Blogging, Commitment, Reader Survey, The Business of Writing, Writing Life

#13WeekNovel Writing Challenge: Week Thirteen – The End, My Friend

Welcome to Week Thirteen! This is IT! We’re almost done. And by now, you’re nearly exhausted, I’ll bet. You’ve put aside birthday parties, bar-mitzvahs, weddings, getting a new job, moving across country, cleaning out the refrigerator, and chasing dust bunnies

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Posted in Commitment, Process, Story Structure, Writing craft, Writing Life

Voices of Doom

The desire to write is strong and passionate. Yet the barriers to writing can be equally formidable. Why? Writing is a risky business. Aside from the considerable economic risks, it’s also something that others around us don’t always understand very

Posted in Commitment, Writing Life

#13WeekNovel Writing Challenge: Week Nine — Commitment

This week, you’re reaching the midpoint of your story, when your hero realizes that there really is no going back. This is often where the story turns. As you continue to interrogate your hero’s motivation, you may discover a moment

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Posted in Commitment, Fiction, Process, Story Structure, Writing craft

#13WeekNovel Writing Challenge: Week Seven – The Decision

Ok, welcome back. Congratulations! This week, you’ve reached the top of the mountain. It’s all downhill from here. Take a deep breath and pat yourself on the back. You’ve already come a lot farther than most “aspiring” authors. You’ve shown

Posted in Character, Commitment, Conflict, Process, Story Structure, Writing craft, Writing Life

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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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