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Five Tips for Researching Your Novel

Five Tips for Researching Your Novel

[box]Steve McLain and I spent this week discussing research. While several writers love digging up details, others dread it. Like it or not, at some point in your novel, you’ll need to do some fact finding. Here are five tips to help you do it […]

The Top Five Writing Tools: Cheap and Free Computer Programs to Maximize Your Writing

The Top Five Writing Tools: Cheap and Free Computer Programs to Maximize Your Writing

[box]I may be wrong, but I’m confident this is the longest title we’ve had on the show to date. Ah, specificity. If you couldn’t tell from the title, Steve and I spend this week discussing computer programs to help maximize your writing. You may listen […]

Bonus Cast! Heroes

Bonus Cast! Heroes

Nathan Bodell and Aaron Gansky talk heroes: what makes them great, what makes them last.

Halloween Special: Villains!

Halloween Special: Villains!

Just in time for Halloween, Steve and I discuss villains (cue maniacal laughter). Who are the greatest villains? What makes them great? What can we do to add great villains to our fiction?

Understanding Editors

Understanding Editors

Special thanks to Nathan Bodell of WednesdayComics.info for joining us on our discussion of editors on this week’s Firsts in Fiction Podcast. Be sure to stop by and check out his podcast if you’re interested in comic books. You can subscribe to his podcast on […]

Kurt Vonneguts Eight Rules for Writing Fiction

Kurt Vonneguts Eight Rules for Writing Fiction

More writing rules! This week, we look at what the incredible Kurt Vonnegut had to say about fiction. I’ve written about this before, so each heading is a link to a previous post with more information and insights on that particular rule. Here’s what Steve […]

First Pages

First Pages

This week, Steve McLain and I revisit the idea of first lines and apply the principles we discussed to the first pages. Rather than talking exclusively about the importance, this episode focuses more on how to put these pages together. You may listen to the […]

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

It’s a pretty popular thing for accomplished writers to compile lists of rules* for writing fiction. This week, Steve and I tackle 10 of these rules as suggested by Elmore Leonard. You can listen to the cast below, or download it here. [box][/box] Elmore Leonard […]

First Lines

First Lines

This week, Steve and I look at the importance of first lines in fiction. The information is largely taken and adapted from my book, Firsts in Fiction: First Lines. You can get a copy of the book here. We’d love for you to listen to […]

Archetypes Without Stereotypes

Archetypes Without Stereotypes

Turns out most stories and novels pull from the same well. We call this well “archetypes.” Steve and Aaron discuss how to utilize them for maximum effect.