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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

#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

The When and Where of Setting

Nothing anchors a reader more solidly in a work of fiction than knowing the when and where of whatever is taking place. Setting provides a home-base for everything else that happens in your story or novel. More importantly, the when

Posted in Setting, Writing craft

Write Where You’re From

One of the most exciting things I’ve done recently was to collaborate with Will Hughes, a voice-over artist from Carrsboro, North Carolina. It’s always great fun to collaborate with another artist to explore one’s own creation in new ways. The

Posted in Creativity, Fiction, Hedge King in Winter, Setting, Writing craft, Writing Life

Spectacular Settings: The Hills of the Cailech (WEP Entry)

Prologue Thanks to Damyanti Ghosh of the Daily (W)rite for calling me out to participate in the Spectacular Settings Flash Fiction Challenge from Write… Edit… Publish. The hosts of WEP, Denise Covey and Yolanda Renée, provide a wonderfully supportive writing

Posted in Blogging, Setting, Writing craft

Setting: What Your Reader Wants

First, let’s be clear on one thing. The difference between good and bad writing is simple: Good writing is not entirely dependent upon the setting. But bad writing sometimes is. Wait. Isn’t this whole article about setting? Yes. But good

Posted in Setting, 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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