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13 Week Rewrite: The Round-Up

You’re done with your rewrite! Now what? Congratulations!! You’ve completed the rewrite of your book! That’s no small feat and you should be proud of yourself. Take a moment and celebrate! Ok good. Now, time to get back to work.

Posted in Process, The Business of Writing, Writing craft, Writing Life

Guest author: Michael Dellert – What is the Title of My Book?

Originally posted on Sue Vincent's Daily Echo:
I was recently asked where the title for my new book, The Wedding of Eithne, came from, and what it meant to me. I only had about 100 words to answer that…

Posted in Writing Life

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: 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

Your Book Is Like a Tech Start-Up, Part 2

Last week, I talked a little about how your book is like a tech start-up, complete with “beta-testers” for gathering “user-requirements.” This week, we look at what kind of “beta-feedback” is useful, and follow through on the “tech start-up” life-cycle

Posted in Editing, Reader Survey, The Business of Writing, Writing craft, Writing Life

Your Book Is Like a Tech Start-Up, Part 1

Writing a book is (mostly) a solitary endeavor. It can take years—even decades—just to finish a first draft. And even once that full manuscript is done, doubts linger. Is your book any good? Will readers like it? How will that

Posted in Editing, Reader Survey, The Business of Writing, Writing craft, Writing Life

Struggles All Writers Face

What makes marketing good, how deadlines are beneficial, and other struggles all writers face. Writing is a basic life skill and everyone should be able to put sentences together. To be a writer, all you have to do is write.

Posted in The Business of Writing, 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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