The Craft of Fiction

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 […]

Dialog–Keeping it Real

Dialog–Keeping it Real

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 […]

WILDCARD–Get in the Zone

WILDCARD–Get in the Zone

Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR From Patti Lincecum Miinch via Facebook: Good question, Jacqueline (about how to know what advice to listen to from beta readers). Now, for the other side of the equation, because I’ve been a […]

Setting: Circumstances

Setting: Circumstances

Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! Firsts in Fiction Setting: Circumstances To begin, let’s be clear on what “setting” entails. Setting refers to the time, the place, and the circumstances in which your story takes place. We often think of it only […]

Setting: Place

Setting: Place

Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Ask the Author: Chris via aarongansky.com: My next question is do you use Beta readers to read your manuscript? Aaron: Another fine question. I think we’ve done an episode on Beta Readers, too, but that was […]

Setting: Time

Setting: Time

Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! Ask the Author: Chris via aarongansky.com: When it comes to editing, would you/do you use an editing service? If so who do you use for this? Who would you recommend? Aaron: Another fine question. I do […]

Wildcard: Non-Fiction Writing for Fiction Writers

Wildcard: Non-Fiction Writing for Fiction Writers

Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Ask the Author: Bruce Brady via aarongansky.com: Do you feel 3 or 4 POVs in a middle grade novel are too many? Aaron: Great question, Bruce, especially since we just finished talking about POV last week. […]