Tag: Aaron D. Gansky

Author Spotlight: Lee Stoops

Author Spotlight: Lee Stoops

This weeks Author Spotlight focuses on Lee Stoops, fellow Antioch Alum and fellow fiction editor at The Citron Review. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him for some time now, and you’ll recognize his name as my guest blogger for the last few weeks […]

Author Spotlight: Bill Giovannetti

Author Spotlight: Bill Giovannetti

This week on Author Spotlight, Bill Giovannetti weighs in on his writing journey. I think you’ll enjoy his answers. He’s got some great insights. Bill Giovannetti teaches at AW Tozer Theological Seminary and is the senior pastor of the 2,500 member Neighborhood Church of Redding. […]

Author Spotlight: Douglas Bauer

Author Spotlight: Douglas Bauer

Today marks a new (hopefully weekly) feature of my blog: the Author Spotlight. Sometimes it’s nice to hear other writer’s journeys and their keen insights on the craft. I’ve asked each of them a few questions, and I hope you’ll find their answers helpful as […]

The Redemptive Act

The Redemptive Act

Study writing long enough, and you’ll hear someone talk about complex characters and the importance of believable villains, the significance of sympathetic slime-balls. Anyone can craft a one-dimensional bad-guy bent on world domination, but it takes a certain sense of subtlety to create a character […]

The Whole Story

The Whole Story

I’m at Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writer’s Conference today, and having a blast. I was talking with a friend of mine about her book. I noticed a few moments of melodrama—something I’ve done before myself. For me, and for many other writers, melodrama, especially in […]

Sneaky Prose Killers (repost)

Sneaky Prose Killers (repost)

Each semester, I repost this blog for my new Creative Writing students. More than that, I find it a good reminder for my own writing. I hope you do as well. If you see any I’ve left out, be sure to comment. Maybe I can […]

Sell Your Heart

Sell Your Heart

The Great Gatsby movie is coming out soon, so I thought I might write a little on Fitzgerald today, if you’ll indulge me. In addition to being one of the best known American authors ever, F. Scott Fitzgerald felt a strong need to contribute to […]

Week 3 Act 3

Week 3 Act 3

The final installment of our look at the three act structure will be a bit shorter. Why? Because Act 3 is generally the shortest. If you recall, Act 1 introduced the dramatic question; a question framed in context of what the protagonist must do to […]

Week 2, Act 2

Week 2, Act 2

Last week, I began a three-week series on the three act structure. Most commonly used for screenplays, novelists have long borrowed the basic structure to help outline novels. Bottom line, the three-act structure is a proven story-telling technique. This week, we’ll look at Act II. […]

Three Weeks, Three Acts

Three Weeks, Three Acts

I thought it might be fun to take a few weeks to look at the three act structure. while most commonly used for screenplays, fiction writers have used the same set-up for decades. While fairly self-explanatory (beginning, conflict, resolution), a closer examination of the structure […]