The Craft of Fiction

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 […]

10 Reasons Novels Fail

10 Reasons Novels Fail

  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 […]

Ten Things Every Novel Needs

Ten Things Every Novel Needs

  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 […]

20 Rules for Writing a Novel Pt. 1

20 Rules for Writing a Novel Pt. 1

  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 […]

FiF’s Favorites: First Lines

FiF’s Favorites: First Lines

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 […]

Through the Editor’s Eyes–What Editors Look For

Through the Editor’s Eyes–What Editors Look For

  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 […]

Story Bibles

Story Bibles

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 […]

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 […]