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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

What Can Writers Do to Support Literacy?

Reading is Fundamental. But what can writers do to support literacy? When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, I saw commercials like this one, public service announcements for Reading is Fundamental (R.I.F.). Originally started in 1966 by

Posted in Passion, Writing Life, Writings, ramblings, and related thoughts

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

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

The Saboteur

Last week, we explored some of the more common fears that we face as writers in pursuit of our calling. And when it comes to our irrational fears, there is always the facile suggestion that fear can be overcome if

Posted in Passion, Writing Life

The Fear of Success

In a recent post, I mentioned the fear of success in passing, as one of the dreaded Seven Demons we must confront as writers. Many scoff at the idea that anyone should be afraid to succeed. It’s what we all

Posted in Passion, Writing Life

Listen to Your Ache

Every time I read a book, I feel an ache. Every time I see an actor tromp upon a stage, I feel an ache. Every time I hear a speaker intoning the words of a great story or poem, I

Posted in Passion, Writing Life

The Writing Life: Commitment

The decision to become a writer is a commitment one makes: to oneself, to one’s readers, and to the culture at large. It’s a dedication of oneself to the art and craft of putting marks on pages in meaningful ways.

Posted in Commitment, Discipline, Passion, 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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