Gross Anatomy

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 […]

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 […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, this week we discuss Voice. First, let’s define “Voice.” Voice is one of the trickiest aspects of writing fiction. One thing the best writers have […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Point of View

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Point of View

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Point of View Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, this week we discuss Point of View. First, let’s define “Point of View.” Simply put, point of view is the eye through which […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Setting and Detail

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Setting and Detail

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Setting and Detail Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, we turn our attention to an oft-overlooked aspect of writing: setting and detail. First, let’s define “setting.” Setting refers to the time and […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict In Part 3 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to the element of conflict. First, let’s define “conflict.” Conflict arises from character–it is the thing that stands between your character and what […]