The Craft of Fiction

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question In Part 2 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to an element of plotting: Discovering the plot’s dramatic question(s). First, let’s define “plot.” A plot is a series of events in […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

  If you’re looking for the novel spotlight, you can find it (and many other fun features) on our newsletter. Be sure to sign up at aarongansky.com! Intro: What is Gross Anatomy of a Novel? In this series, we’re going to take a holistic look […]

Juggling Multiple Plot Lines

Juggling Multiple Plot Lines

    NOVEL SPOTLIGHT (Pops): In 2011, Simon & Schuster published Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I received the book as a Christmas present from one of my sons-in-law. It’s weighty book, as King’s novels often are, of 850 pages or so. King has proven himself a […]

From the Vaults: The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

From the Vaults: The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

Steve McLain and Aaron Gansky look into the mysterious case of Show v. Tell. This is our take on when you should show, and when you should tell when writing fiction.

Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Welcome back, loyal listeners! A quick disclaimer: we faced quite a few technical difficulties this week. The content is still top-notch, but the quality of recording was spotty (mainly on Aaron’s end at the beginning). Stick with us, though. The quality improves further in. It’s […]

From the FiF Vault: Music to Write By

From the FiF Vault: Music to Write By

Music can have a profound impact on our writing. Here, we explore how to maximize music in our fiction.

Genre Focus: Fantasy

Genre Focus: Fantasy

  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 […]

Writing the Suspense/Thriller Novel

Writing the Suspense/Thriller Novel

  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 […]

Writing “Edgy” Fiction

Writing “Edgy” Fiction

  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 […]

Sneaky Writers’ Tricks

Sneaky Writers’ Tricks

  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 […]