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What’s in a Name? Choosing Character Names

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/e173WhatsinaNameChoosingCharacterNames.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: When is it too long in laying down your writing to the point you have lost a bit of it? Do you scrap it & start over, or try to pick…

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Cleaning up Clutter and Cliches

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/e172CleaningupClichesandClutter.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Darion Wells via Twitter: How do you remain so ridiculously awesome with a family, a full time career, and a writer’s responsibilities? AARON: Pops, I assume this question is for you. *Pause for laughter.* I’ve actually…

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Story Bibles

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/e171StoryBibles.mp3 Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music!   ASK THE AUTHOR: From Curt Croel via Facebook: How do your families influence your writing? AARON: Good question! We can take this a couple of different ways: 1) In what ways do the people in your family influence the…

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Managing Multiple Projects

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e170ManagingMultipleProjects.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: What are some do’s and don’ts with backstory? AARON: I’ve heard that backstory should be avoided at all costs. I think this is a newer, trendier “rule” bandied about by industry professionals….

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Habits of Highly Successful Writers

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e169HabitsofHighlySuccessfulWriters.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music NEW BI-WEEKLY FORMAT. Firsts in Fiction will now cast every other week as opposed to every week. Our next cast will be on January 17th, 2016. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dennis Lee Bates Jr. via Facebook: What is a…

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Kill Your Darlings

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e168EditingKillYourDarlings.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From lanie Peterson via aarongansky.com: What’s the best way to promote your book–press releases, book signings, a party (a book signing and potluck dinner)? AARON: This is an excellent question. To keep it simple, the answer…

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Sneaky Prose Killers

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e167EditingSneakyProseKillers.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Visit altongansky.com to see “Typewriter Tuesday,” a brief video of a 1915 Corona 3 typewriter (like Hemingway’s first typewriter). ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dave Fessenden via aarongansky.com: In my first novel, the editor changed a few passages of dialogue…

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Book Reviews Review

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e166BookReviewReview.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: What’s the rule governing opening your work with dialogue? Especially when it sets the course for the rest of the story. AARON: I believe I may be in the minority here,…

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Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e165EverythingIWishIKnewWhenIBegan.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Jacqueline Patterson: Indie or traditional publishing: which would route would you recommend for an unpublished writer? AARON: That’s a tough one. I’m of the mind that one should always give traditional publishing a chance. You have…

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Marketing Analysis and Author Platform

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e164MarketingPlatform.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via Facebook: Are agents & editors absolutely crucial to the writer’s life & their success or lack of it? I do my own editing & do not have an agent. It’s time consuming,…

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