The Craft of Fiction

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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Managing Multiple Projects

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e170ManagingMultipleProjects.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: What are some do’s and don’ts with backstory? AARON: I’ve heard that backstory should be avoided at all costs. I think this is a newer, trendier “rule” bandied about by industry professionals….

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Habits of Highly Successful Writers

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/e169HabitsofHighlySuccessfulWriters.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music NEW BI-WEEKLY FORMAT. Firsts in Fiction will now cast every other week as opposed to every week. Our next cast will be on January 17th, 2016. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dennis Lee Bates Jr. via Facebook: What is a…

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Kill Your Darlings

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e168EditingKillYourDarlings.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From lanie Peterson via aarongansky.com: What’s the best way to promote your book–press releases, book signings, a party (a book signing and potluck dinner)? AARON: This is an excellent question. To keep it simple, the answer…

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Sneaky Prose Killers

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e167EditingSneakyProseKillers.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Visit altongansky.com to see “Typewriter Tuesday,” a brief video of a 1915 Corona 3 typewriter (like Hemingway’s first typewriter). ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dave Fessenden via aarongansky.com: In my first novel, the editor changed a few passages of dialogue…

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Book Reviews Review

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/e166BookReviewReview.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: What’s the rule governing opening your work with dialogue? Especially when it sets the course for the rest of the story. AARON: I believe I may be in the minority here,…

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