The Craft of Fiction

WILDCARD–Get in the Zone

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/e153GetintheZone.mp3 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 beta reader several times…

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Setting: Circumstances

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/e151SettingCircumstances.mp3 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 as “place,” but time…

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Setting: Place

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/e150SettingPlace.mp3 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 some time ago, so…

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Setting: Time

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/e149SettingTime.mp3 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 recommend using an editing…

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Wildcard: Non-Fiction Writing for Fiction Writers

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/e148NonFictionWritingforFictionWriters.mp3 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. I don’t think that…

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Third Person POV

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/e147ThirdPerson.mp3 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 of the story (unless…

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POV- 2nd Person

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http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/e1462ndPersonPoV.mp3 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 very next day. Aaron:…

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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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