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Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Welcome back, loyal listeners! A quick disclaimer: we faced quite a few technical difficulties this week. The content is still top-notch, but the quality of recording was spotty (mainly on Aaron’s end at the beginning). Stick with us, though. The quality improves further in. It’s […]

From the FiF Vault: Music to Write By

From the FiF Vault: Music to Write By

Music can have a profound impact on our writing. Here, we explore how to maximize music in our fiction.

Mental Missteps–Avoiding Common Writerly Mental Mistakes

Mental Missteps–Avoiding Common Writerly Mental Mistakes

    NOVEL SPOTLIGHT (Aaron): The Road by Cormac McCarthy I’m a sucker for stories about fathers and sons, and this one is about as gritty as it gets. Set in a post-apocalyptic future filled with cannibals and other darker perils, the father and son […]

Encouragement from Discouragement

Encouragement from Discouragement

  NOVEL SPOTLIGHT (Aaron): The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien This is another staple in my English classes. I first read it while at Antioch and fell in love with it. In his collection of short stories (that some argue is more of a […]

Reading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer

  NOVEL SPOTLIGHT (Pops): The Taking, by Dean Koontz, 2004, Bantam Books, 448 pages in original release. When I think of books by Dean Koontz several titles float to the surface of my mind: Strangers, Sole Survivor, Odd Thomas, One Door Away from Heaven, and […]

Developing Discipline–The Habit of Art

Developing Discipline–The Habit of Art

  Novel Spotlight (Molly Jo): Heart’s Song by Aaron Gansky and Kaye Morrison   Developing Discipline–Mental Steps to Establishing Habit We started this year of FiF podcasts by focusing on the writer’s mind and way of thinking. Last week we chatted about the “Writer’s Mind: […]

The Writer’s Mind–What Kind of Writer Are You?

The Writer’s Mind–What Kind of Writer Are You?

  NOVEL SPOTLIGHT: Slaughterhouse Five (Aaron’s Pick) This is one of my favorite novels of all time. I’m not sure exactly how many times I’ve read it, but it’s up there. I use it in the AP class I teach each year. There’s a lot […]

Ask the Author Extravaganza!

Ask the Author Extravaganza!

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Firsts in Fiction Year-End Ask the Author Extravaganza! Hey all! Welcome back! In honor of our final episode this year, we’ve chosen to do an “Ask the Author” extravaganza encompassing each of the remaining “Ask […]

Genre Focus: Action/Adventure

Genre Focus: Action/Adventure

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: How do you fictionalize a real place without offending anyone? Especially if it’s the best setting for your story? How do you make the town, city, or whatever your own? AARON: If […]

Genre Focus–Mystery/Police Procedural

Genre Focus–Mystery/Police Procedural

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. No show notes this week. Please listen or watch the podcast. Thanks!