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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 […]

Ask the Authors

Ask the Authors

    Firsts in Fiction Ask the Authors   How do you prefer to handle typesetting words in made up languages? Italics? What if you are including thoughts in dialogue? Here is an example: Kata’s brow furrowed, “Snack?” Zeta looked around warily before she whispered, […]

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 […]

From The Vaults: Screenwriting with Brian Bird

From The Vaults: Screenwriting with Brian Bird

Join us as we talk screenwriting with Brian Bird, a 30-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television business. His mission as a writer, producer and media professional is to create high-caliber life-affirming redemptive true stories and uplifting entertainment projects.

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question In Part 2 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to an element of plotting: Discovering the plot’s dramatic question(s). First, let’s define “plot.” A plot is a series of events in […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

  If you’re looking for the novel spotlight, you can find it (and many other fun features) on our newsletter. Be sure to sign up at aarongansky.com! Intro: What is Gross Anatomy of a Novel? In this series, we’re going to take a holistic look […]