Author: Aaron Gansky

Hiatus

Hiatus

Good morning, loyal listeners. No podcast this time because we are going on a hiatus through the remainder of 2018. We will return some time in 2019. This is a difficult decision for us, as I (Aaron) have been doing this podcast for six years […]

10 Things I Love About Writing

10 Things I Love About Writing

  Firsts in Fiction 10 Things I Love About Writing: (Aaron) Building worlds: My Hand of Adonai series takes place in Alrujah, a fictional world of my design. When coming up with the idea, I researched different fantasy novels and films, studied maps, played with […]

10 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Writing

10 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Writing

  Firsts in Fiction 10 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Writing: (Aaron) Writing with a thesaurus. My first draft of The Bargain was a very showy affair, a real, “look what I can do!” type of a novel. This kind of flashing neon light pointing […]

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself When I Started Writing

10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself When I Started Writing

  Firsts in Fiction 10 Things I Wish I Could Tell Myself When I First Started Writing: (Aaron) “You’re going to make it. Don’t give up.” It’s easy to believe that you’ll never make it as a writer. I spent a lot of years not […]

Writing YA Fiction with Tessa Emily Hall

Writing YA Fiction with Tessa Emily Hall

    No show notes this week. Be sure to watch and/or listen. 🙂

FROM THE VAULTS: Week 3, Act 3

FROM THE VAULTS: Week 3, Act 3

Act III answers this question, and does so in dramatic fashion. The climax of the film (or in our case, the novel) occurs in Act III.

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog What is dialog? “Dialogue is not a break in the action. It’s an intensification of the action. Here’s something else dialogue is not: It’s not the way we speak. Dialogue must appear realistic without being […]

FROM THE VAULTS: Week 2, Act 2

FROM THE VAULTS: Week 2, Act 2

Act II is most commonly referred to as the rising action. It’s marked by several things, but the two most important aspects are the escalation of tension and the further development of the character.

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Plot and Structure

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Plot and Structure

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Plot, Pacing, Structure First, what do we mean when we talk about plot? Plot refers to the course of events in a novel. Typically, this also refers to the order in which they occur. A […]

FROM THE VAULTS: Three Weeks, Three Acts

FROM THE VAULTS: Three Weeks, Three Acts

I thought it might be fun to take a few weeks to look at the three act structure. While most commonly used for screenplays, fiction writers have used the same set-up for decades.