The Craft of Fiction

Managing Multiple Projects

Managing Multiple Projects

  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 […]

Habits of Highly Successful Writers

Habits of Highly Successful Writers

  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 […]

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

  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 […]

Sneaky Prose Killers

Sneaky Prose Killers

  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 […]

Book Reviews Review

Book Reviews Review

  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 […]

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

  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THE AUTHOR: From Jacqueline Patterson: Indie or traditional publishing: which would route would you recommend for an unpublished writer?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 […]

The Power of Proposal

The Power of Proposal

  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 […]

Proposals: Query Letters and Bios

Proposals: Query Letters and Bios

  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 […]

Lyrical and Oratorical Voice

Lyrical and Oratorical Voice

  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 […]

Dialog Killers

Dialog Killers

  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 […]