The Craft of Fiction

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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Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e165EverythingIWishIKnewWhenIBegan.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Jacqueline Patterson: Indie or traditional publishing: which would route would you recommend for an unpublished writer? AARON: That’s a tough one. I’m of the mind that one should always give traditional publishing a chance. You have…

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The Power of Proposal

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e163Proposals.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! VIDEO ASK THE AUTHOR: Jenny Snow: Is there any rule about how often to use the character’s name vs. he or she? For example: A. Sarah dashed a note to her husband. Or B. She dashed a note to…

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Proposals: Query Letters and Bios

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/e162ProposalsQueryLettersBios.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via Facebook: For the Christian writer: how much is too much, when it comes to love scenes, and is language ever permitted in your work with characters who aren’t believers – how far…

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Lyrical and Oratorical Voice

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/e160LyricalandOratoricalVoice.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Andy Clapp via the chat room! Do Aaron, Alton, and Molly find that when they are passionate about an idea that they have a sense of urgency to get it on paper…at least the bones of the…

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Dialog Killers

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/e155dialogkillers.mp3   Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: NaNoWriMo: Beneficial or detrimental for writers? From Ann Swer (Jacqueline Patterson) via e-mail. AARON: Great question, Ann! First, for those of you who may not know, NaNoWriMo is short for National Novel Writing Month which is…

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Dialog–Keeping it Real

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/e154AuthenticDialogue.mp3 Thanks to bensound.com for intro and exit music! ASK THE AUTHOR: What is the best way to include description without overwhelming or alienating the reader? With sincere thanks, Ilene Dover (Jacqueline Patterson) Aaron: We’ve mentioned this before, but it’s still a great question. The answer isn’t very easy. I…

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