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Plot and Structure: Endings

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/e142plotandstructureendings.mp3   Ask the Author: Mia Northrop via aarongansky.com – have you ever worried that references to real people (eg current political figures) or technology or media (eg iPhones, Facebook) would negatively date a book? Is there a trade off between reflecting current trends and the longevity of a novel?…

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Plot and Structure: Beginnings

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/e141PlotStructure-Beginnings.mp3   Ask the Author: Mia Northrop via aarongansky.com. “When rewriting and removing whole chapters, what do you physically do with the text? Do you cut it and paste it into another document for reference just in case, delete it and say goodbye or something else?” Aaron: We talked about…

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The Biz–Contracts

  http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/e139Contracts.mp3   Ask the Author: Aaron Gansky–Where did the idea for your first novel come from? Aaron: Good question, Aaron. I’m so glad you asked. My first novel was never published, and never will be. But the idea came originally from a dream. It’s a little embarrassing to say…

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The Biz: The Changing World of Publishing

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/e138TheChangingWorldofPublishing.mp3   Ask the Author: Jenny Snow — Describe the moment you went from “trying the writing thing” to being a professional writer. What changed inward and outwardly? How did your outcomes change? Aaron: I’ve always been a writer, but when I went to Blue Ridge for the first time,…

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The Writing Biz — Agents

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/e137thewritingbizagents.mp3   Ask the Author: Shelia Firedly — Do you ever get “writer’s block,” if so, what do you do? Aaron: This is a complicated question, and the answer is rather lengthy. So, I’ll try to be brief. I handle writer’s block in two ways: 1. I push through it….

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Drive

Originally published in the Aperion Review, Winter 2015 Issue. My father pulls to the side of a quiet residential neighborhood and parks the car. He spins the barrel of his revolver and clicks it in place. “You’re good here, right?” I nod. He’s left me alone in the car before,…

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Planning a Series

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/e136planningaseries.mp3       Ask the Author: James Earls (via Facebook) Do you write on Sundays (that is, do you have a weekly day off?) Aaron: I don’t write on Sundays unless I’m on a pretty tight deadline. I try to protect my weekends as much as I can for…

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Subtlety in Conflict

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/e135subtletyinconflict.mp3   Ask the Author: How do you come up with the title of your book? Michael Sforza ‏(via twitter) Aaron: Good question! I like Flannery O’Connor’s advice on this. That’s to find a line of imagery or a description that encompasses the story and use that. I usually find…

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Conflict: Figurative Language

http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/e134conflictfigurativelanguage.mp3   Ask the Author: How much time of the day do you spend for yourself? No school, no writing, etc.? — John “Duke” O’Neil Aaron: This really depends on the day. Am I on deadline? If so, very little. If not, a little more. Even when I’m on deadline,…

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