The Craft of Fiction

Genre Focus: Fantasy

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/e189GenreFocusFantasy.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From Sophia Hansen via aarongansky.com: Hey guys, I’ve really enjoyed learning from you, and love having past casts as a resource. Here’s my question: If most of the story is being told through the protagonist’s POV,…

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Writing the Suspense/Thriller Novel

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/e184SuspenseandThrillerNovels.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Caleb Walton via Facebook: How much of the content of your novels is outlined beforehand and how much is done spontaneously as you write? AARON: Another great question. I think the answer will be different…

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Writing “Edgy” Fiction

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/e183WritingEdgyFiction.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Jim Keane via aarongansky.com: If you can only afford one type of edit (developmental, line by line or proofreading ) which one should I pick before submitting to publishers/agents? AARON: As for recommending editors, I’m afraid…

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Sneaky Writers’ Tricks

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/e182SneakyWritersTricks.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: How do you write yourself into your novels? AARON: Good question. I actively try not to write characters like myself, but each of my characters has some aspect of me in them….

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10 Reasons Novels Fail

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/e181TenReasonsNovelsFail.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: Is there such a thing as spending too much time reading & studying the craft & also other people’s work which seems to lend itself to less writing time? AARON: It’s…

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Ten Things Every Novel Needs

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/e180TenThingsEveryNovelMustHave.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: How far into writing were you when you felt you were hitting your stride? when you felt you could actually do this gig? AARON: Excellent question. I think I’m still waiting to…

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20 Rules for Writing a Novel Pt. 1

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/e178twentyrulesforwritinganovelpt1.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From Carth via Firsts in Fiction page on Facebook: Hey, I’ve heard you guys say a couple of times not to “manipulate your reader”, and I’d like to hear about this, as someone who definitely writes…

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FiF’s Favorites: First Lines

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Due to technical difficulties, there will be no audio-only podcast this week. My apologies. Please be sure to watch the YouTube video below.   ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dave Fessenden via aarongansky.com: Could you address in one of your podcasts the issue of multiple story lines in a novel? I…

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Through the Editor’s Eyes–What Editors Look For

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/e174throughtheeditorseyes.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovannetti via Facebook: Have you ever written yourself into a blind alley? How do you get out of it? AARON: This is another way of saying “have you written yourself into a corner?” My answer…

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Story Bibles

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/e171StoryBibles.mp3 Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music!   ASK THE AUTHOR: From Curt Croel via Facebook: How do your families influence your writing? AARON: Good question! We can take this a couple of different ways: 1) In what ways do the people in your family influence the…

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