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Sneaky Prose Killers

Sneaky Prose Killers

Welcome back, Firsts in Fiction listeners. This week, Steve and I discuss what I call “Sneaky Prose Killers.” If you’re wondering about the picture of zombies, it will make much more sense after listening to the cast. As always, you can listen below or download […]

How to Beat Writer’s Block

How to Beat Writer’s Block

No writer is immune to the occasional (or, oft-times, more-than-occasional) case of writer’s block. The good news is, it’s not terminal, and your book will be just fine. This week Steve and I take a look at the causes of and possible cures for writer’s […]

Finding Your Voice

Finding Your Voice

Of all the elements of fiction, voice and style are perhaps the trickiest to teach. Nonetheless, Steve and I tackle the subject this week and seek to demystify a topic that has stymied writers for centuries. You can listen below, or download the file here.┬áRemember, […]

How to Write Great Fight Scenes

How to Write Great Fight Scenes

Fighting is a messy business. In your fiction, though, it can be downright boring, or it may lack flow, or stretch the boundaries of believability. How do you write a good fight scene? How do you ensure it preserves the action and suspense and drama […]

How to Write Great Dialog

How to Write Great Dialog

This week on Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I discuss dialog: What it is, what it should be, and how to make it work. You may listen below. Remember, you can always find Steve and I on Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, and Stitcher. As always, you […]

Yuvi Talks Everything Part 2

Yuvi Talks Everything Part 2

[box][/box] Last week, Steve and I talked with Yuvi Zalkow, author of A Brilliant Novel in the Works. Our conversation ran a little long, so we split it over two weeks. This week, we pick up our conversation discussing writer’s block, but we move very […]

Yuvi Zalkow Talks Everything

Yuvi Zalkow Talks Everything

[box][/box] Since we started this podcast, I’ve been wanting to bring on a few of my writer friends as guests. I finally got my chance this week when Yuvi Zalkow skyped in and talked with us about pretty much everything. He’s a great writer with […]

Setting Your Setting

Setting Your Setting

[box]There’s an old saying: You can take the cowboy out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the cowboy. This is equally as true in fiction as it is in life. No matter where your characters come from, they’re inextricably tied to […]

The Point of Point of View

The Point of Point of View

[box]Firsts in Fiction is back again! This week we ponder the point of point of view. Which is right for your story or novel? First person? Second person? Third person? Steve and I explore the issue in depth (probably a little more depth than is […]

The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

Steve McLain and Aaron Gansky look into the mysterious case of Show v. Tell. This is our take on when you should show, and when you should tell when writing fiction.