The Craft of Fiction

POV: 1st Person

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/e145FirstPersonPOV.mp3 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* than a million. 😉…

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/e144ChronologicalandNonChronologicalstructures.mp3   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 fictitious? Aaron: A challenging…

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Plot and Structure: Scenes and Outlines

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/e143ScenesandOutines.mp3   Ask the Author: James Earls via Facebook: What do you do when you want to write, but your mind is so cluttered w/life’s junk. (Most of it petty) like dumb arguments, anger–things that seem to get in the way of your writing. Not necessarily talking writer’s block here….

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Plot and Structure: Endings

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/e142plotandstructureendings.mp3   Ask the Author: Mia Northrop via aarongansky.com – have you ever worried that references to real people (eg current political figures) or technology or media (eg iPhones, Facebook) would negatively date a book? Is there a trade off between reflecting current trends and the longevity of a novel?…

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Plot and Structure: Beginnings

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/e141PlotStructure-Beginnings.mp3   Ask the Author: Mia Northrop via aarongansky.com. “When rewriting and removing whole chapters, what do you physically do with the text? Do you cut it and paste it into another document for reference just in case, delete it and say goodbye or something else?” Aaron: We talked about…

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The Biz–Contracts

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  http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/e139Contracts.mp3   Ask the Author: Aaron Gansky–Where did the idea for your first novel come from? Aaron: Good question, Aaron. I’m so glad you asked. My first novel was never published, and never will be. But the idea came originally from a dream. It’s a little embarrassing to say…

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The Biz: The Changing World of Publishing

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/e138TheChangingWorldofPublishing.mp3   Ask the Author: Jenny Snow — Describe the moment you went from “trying the writing thing” to being a professional writer. What changed inward and outwardly? How did your outcomes change? Aaron: I’ve always been a writer, but when I went to Blue Ridge for the first time,…

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The Writing Biz — Agents

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/e137thewritingbizagents.mp3   Ask the Author: Shelia Firedly — Do you ever get “writer’s block,” if so, what do you do? Aaron: This is a complicated question, and the answer is rather lengthy. So, I’ll try to be brief. I handle writer’s block in two ways: 1. I push through it….

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Planning a Series

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/e136planningaseries.mp3       Ask the Author: James Earls (via Facebook) Do you write on Sundays (that is, do you have a weekly day off?) Aaron: I don’t write on Sundays unless I’m on a pretty tight deadline. I try to protect my weekends as much as I can for…

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