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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

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

NaNoWriMo: Day Ten Update – Ugh, What Am I Doing?

My NaNoWriMo Advice for Success! So…. How’s That NoWriNaMo Thing Going? …Rassinfrassinmuffinlovin… mumblegrumblebumblefumble… Do you have people in your life who think that writing a novel is just like writing a grocery list, only, you know… more words? Yeah? So

Posted in Conflict, Discipline, Story Structure, Writing craft

#RoE: In the Garden of the Lady Rathtyen

Note: this is an adapted excerpt from The Romance of Eowain, a forthcoming full-length fantasy adventure novel. Come check out this and all the great books in the Matter of Manred Saga at Newark Comic Con 2016 on August 20!

Posted in Character, Conflict, Fiction, Self-Publishing, Setting, The Romance of Eowain

Characters and Multiple Viewpoint

What is Multiple Viewpoint? Multiple point-of-view is the literary technique of presenting a story from the points of view of two or more characters relevant to the story. It’s not a new technique, if you paid any attention in English

Posted in Character, Conflict, Point of View, 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

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

Conflict: The Nuts and Bolts of Drama

Drama is not simply “a series of unfortunate events.” Drama heightens interest and charges the atmosphere. It’s a shock, unexpected, unnerving. Drama is uncanny, what Freud described as unheimliche, “un-home-like,” a mixture of the familiar and the unfamiliar that seems

Posted in Conflict, 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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