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.

A Body of Information

A Body of Information

On this week’s Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I discuss the physicality, the biology, of our characters, and how that adds to their depth and history.

Pinpointing Your Characters’ Motivation

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][/box] If you listened last week, you got some good tips 

Characters from the Ground Up

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 

Starting Your Book

Starting Your Book

Our second podcast focuses on how to start your book. While there are several methods, these are the points Steve and I highlighted. THE SNOWFLAKE METHOD: Randy Ingermanson developed a method for writing a novel called the snowflake method. It’s a complex idea, but the 

Getting Your Ideas

Getting Your Ideas

Ever wonder where writers get their ideas? Maybe you’ve watched Under the Dome and thought, how did Stephen King come up with this? There are several answers, and they vary from author to author, though there are several commonalities.