The Craft of Fiction

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. […]

Third Person POV

Third Person POV

Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! Ask the Author: No ask the author this week. Instead, we talk about Al’s new book, Unspoken! FIRSTS IN FICTION POINT OF VIEW: 3rd Person In third person narration, the narrator is uninvolved in the action […]

POV- 2nd Person

POV- 2nd Person

Thanks to bensound.com for the opening music! Ask the Author: Stephen McLain via Facebook: Ask several full-time, high- performing authors about their daily ritual–not focusing on just their writing rituals, but how they frame their lives. It’s practical and potentially applicable for many listeners the […]

POV: 1st Person

POV: 1st Person

Special thanks to www.bensound.com for the intro and outro music! Ask the Author: Jacqueline Patterson via Facebook: How do you know when a book truly is finished? With every new draft, I get a million new ideas that radically change the story. Well, maybe *less* […]

Plot and Structure: Chronological vs. Non-Chronological Structure

Plot and Structure: Chronological vs. Non-Chronological Structure

  Ask the Author: Mia Northrop via aarongansky.com – I’d like to include some real speeches spoken by politicians in my novel, but edit them for length and paraphrase some of the repetitive parts. What are my responsibilities in declaring that the speeches are not […]