Alexandre Dumas

This week we're discussing the author of the literary behemoths The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers.
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Author of the literary behemoths The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, it’s easy to forget that Alexandre Dumas wrote dozens of other books and plays ranging from romantic dramas to travel guides as well as what is considered one of the earliest werewolf novels. In fact, he wrote so much that he formed a production studio that would churn out dozens of serial novels and stories all under his careful direction. It's assumed he's written over 100,000 pages in his highly successful life. Today's writing tips come from a man who has truly done and seen it all and still found time to write about it.

Start with an outline


It helps keep you on your path rather than getting lost in subplots or smaller details of the story. Often Alexandre would call upon friends like Auguste Maquet to help with storylines that he could later fill with his subplots and shorter story arcs.


Don't be afraid to ask for help


Feel free to ask for the advice or outlook of others especially if you have a topic that you may be unfamiliar with. Dumas would reach out for advice on novels like The Fencing Master which was written with the guidance of his own fencing teacher about his life during the Russian Decemberist Revolt.



Don't be afraid of the length of your novel


Editing down a story can sometimes cut out important details or connections. You can turn your one novel into a series in order to get your full vision out! Serials were very popular during Dumas' time and he used their success to fund his lavish lifestyle.



Now Try This Writing Promp
Writing Prompt:

Dumas wrote as he lived: passionately and unapologetically. Pick an idea you’ve set aside that you’ve been passionate about but were afraid no one else would be and write about it.

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