Podcast

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 iTunes. Don’t forget to follow…

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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 episode below, or you can…

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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]http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/e8elmoreleonardsrules.mp3[/box] Elmore Leonard cut his teeth writing westerns,…

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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 the audio below, or you…

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Pinpointing Your Characters’ Motivation

This week on Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I delve deep into our fanboyisms as we explore the intricacies of character motivation. You can download the episode here, or stream it live below. Enjoy. [box]http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/E4pinpointingyourcharactersmotivation.mp3[/box] If you listened last week, you got some good tips on how to create characters,…

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Characters from the Ground Up

In our third episode of Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I talk about how to construct characters from the ground up. Here’s a few ideas to help you pull your characters from the ether and rivet them together into unforgettable friends (or enemies). Special thanks to Nathan Sawaya for making…

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