Tag: Aaron Gansky

From the Vaults: Genre Focus: Romance

From the Vaults: Genre Focus: Romance

The definition of relationship is the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected. One of the definitions of romance, is a work of fiction dealing with events remote from real life. In other words, romance is a lie, not real life.

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Setting and Detail

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Setting and Detail

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Setting and Detail Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, we turn our attention to an oft-overlooked aspect of writing: setting and detail. First, let’s define “setting.” Setting refers to the time and […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict In Part 3 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to the element of conflict. First, let’s define “conflict.” Conflict arises from character–it is the thing that stands between your character and what […]

From The Vaults: Screenwriting with Brian Bird

From The Vaults: Screenwriting with Brian Bird

Join us as we talk screenwriting with Brian Bird, a 30-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television business. His mission as a writer, producer and media professional is to create high-caliber life-affirming redemptive true stories and uplifting entertainment projects.

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question In Part 2 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to an element of plotting: Discovering the plot’s dramatic question(s). First, let’s define “plot.” A plot is a series of events in […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

  If you’re looking for the novel spotlight, you can find it (and many other fun features) on our newsletter. Be sure to sign up at aarongansky.com! Intro: What is Gross Anatomy of a Novel? In this series, we’re going to take a holistic look […]

From the Vaults: 10 Tips for Naming Your Character

From the Vaults: 10 Tips for Naming Your Character

Originally published on March 23, 2014. Featuring prior co-hosts Steve McLain and Heather Luby. This cast was originally, and is rebroadcast, as audio only.   *ADDENDUM* The good people at EditionGuard.com put together a pretty fancy infographic, and were kind enough to ask me to […]

Juggling Multiple Plot Lines

Juggling Multiple Plot Lines

    NOVEL SPOTLIGHT (Pops): In 2011, Simon & Schuster published Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I received the book as a Christmas present from one of my sons-in-law. It’s weighty book, as King’s novels often are, of 850 pages or so. King has proven himself a […]

From the Vaults: The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

From the Vaults: The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

Steve McLain and Aaron Gansky look into the mysterious case of Show v. Tell. This is our take on when you should show, and when you should tell when writing fiction.

Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Welcome back, loyal listeners! A quick disclaimer: we faced quite a few technical difficulties this week. The content is still top-notch, but the quality of recording was spotty (mainly on Aaron’s end at the beginning). Stick with us, though. The quality improves further in. It’s […]