Tag: Alton Gansky

10 Things I Love About Writing

10 Things I Love About Writing

  Firsts in Fiction 10 Things I Love About Writing: (Aaron) Building worlds: My Hand of Adonai series takes place in Alrujah, a fictional world of my design. When coming up with the idea, I researched different fantasy novels and films, studied maps, played with […]

10 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Writing

10 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Writing

  Firsts in Fiction 10 Mistakes I’ve Made in My Writing: (Aaron) Writing with a thesaurus. My first draft of The Bargain was a very showy affair, a real, “look what I can do!” type of a novel. This kind of flashing neon light pointing […]

Writing YA Fiction with Tessa Emily Hall

Writing YA Fiction with Tessa Emily Hall

    No show notes this week. Be sure to watch and/or listen. 🙂

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dialog What is dialog? “Dialogue is not a break in the action. It’s an intensification of the action. Here’s something else dialogue is not: It’s not the way we speak. Dialogue must appear realistic without being […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Plot and Structure

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Plot and Structure

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Plot, Pacing, Structure First, what do we mean when we talk about plot? Plot refers to the course of events in a novel. Typically, this also refers to the order in which they occur. A […]

Ask the Authors

Ask the Authors

    Firsts in Fiction Ask the Authors   How do you prefer to handle typesetting words in made up languages? Italics? What if you are including thoughts in dialogue? Here is an example: Kata’s brow furrowed, “Snack?” Zeta looked around warily before she whispered, […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Voice Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, this week we discuss Voice. First, let’s define “Voice.” Voice is one of the trickiest aspects of writing fiction. One thing the best writers have […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Point of View

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Point of View

    Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Point of View Continuing our look at Gross Anatomy of a Novel, this week we discuss Point of View. First, let’s define “Point of View.” Simply put, point of view is the eye through which […]

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 […]