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From Rough Draft to Finished Manuscript: Guest Post by Andy Peloquin

Over the last thirteen weeks and more, I’ve shared with you my own process for rewriting the first draft of your novel manuscript. But is it my way or the highway? Hardly. And thankfully, I’ve got Andy Peloquin back with

Posted in Author Spotlight, Discipline, Editing, Process, Writing craft

Seven Maxims of Storytelling, Part Two

Last week, I shared the first four of my seven maxims of storytelling, advice I take with me into my rewriting projects. Today, I share the remaining three. But before we dig in, let’s review the relationship between your heroine

Posted in Discipline, Editing, Process, Writing craft, Writing Life

Seven Maxims of Storytelling, Part One

“First, find out what your hero wants, then just follow him!” — Ray Bradbury Plight: The Source of Your Story At the heart of every story lies a plight. Notice that it’s not a question. Your protagonist has a plight.

Posted in Discipline, Editing, Process, 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 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

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

What I Learned from My Book Launches

In the past six months, I’ve been through two book launches and built an online creative writing course. Each time, I’ve given the best content I had away for free, both before, during, and after launch. And I’ve learned something

Posted in Author Platform, Discipline, Editing, Process, Writing craft, Writing Life

Three Kinds of Characters: Back to the Minors

Last week, we talked a little about the three primary “types” of characters, and focused a little on the least-important ones, the walk-ons. Today, we’re going to talk about Minor Characters. But first, a quick review: The three types of

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Posted in Character, Discipline, Process, Writing craft, Writing Life

The Writer’s Attention Span: Guest Post by Jean Lee

He that hath wife and children hath given hostages to fortune; for they are impediments to great enterprises, either of virtue or mischief. – Francis Bacon One could say the same about writers of either sex who struggle to find

Posted in Author Platform, Author Spotlight, Blogging, Discipline, Passion

When to Edit and Get Feedback

“I read your edit post,” said my friend. “I hated it.” She was referring to last week’s article, Self-Editing: Four Questions You Need to Ask. Of course, this isn’t the sort of thing I like to hear about my work,

Posted in Commitment, Discipline, Editing, Uncategorized, 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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