Michael Gallant

Michael Gallant
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Michael Gallant is a writer, musician, composer, producer, and entrepreneur. He lives in New York City. Follow Michael on Twitter at @Michael_Gallant.
writing characters

Writing Characters Who Aren’t Like You

When you write a work of fiction, your characters can be anyone, from anywhere, and from any time. This is exciting creative freedom, but it can also be perilous.
write fast

Write Fast, Right Now

Whether you’re on deadline for a client or your laptop battery is clinging to its final dribs of power mid-writing session, when you’re an active writer, chances are, at some point, you will have to write under tight time pressure.
written work

Nothing is Wasted (If You Put It To Use)

Your life experiences — exhilarating and tedious, mundane and magnificent — should inform your written work. Channel your emotions and use descriptive details to make your story-world come alive.
first novel

The Writing That Leads To Your First Novel

Regardless of what, how, and when you write, the key is to write a lot, in as many different contexts as possible, and let the experience help you grow as a writer.
literary influences

Who Are Your Literary Influences?

I encourage you to consider your own foundational inspirations when it comes to the written word. Who made you want to write in the first place? What works do you think are perfect — the ones you keep coming back to? Whose skill do you aspire to channel or match?
share your writing

Are You Ready To Share Your Writing?

Writing is so personal, and writers can be very territorial about their work. But there are times when showing your work-in-progress to even one trusted reader can elevate your manuscript.
keep writers motivated

Leave Yourself Something To Return To

There's no one-size-fits-all solution to keep writers motivated, but here’s one strategy that has regularly helped me move my writing forward: every time I sit down to write, I structure the end of my writing session to leave myself something to return to.

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