Tag: Alton Gansky

The Writer’s Mind–What Kind of Writer Are You?

The Writer’s Mind–What Kind of Writer Are You?

  NOVEL SPOTLIGHT: Slaughterhouse Five (Aaron’s Pick) This is one of my favorite novels of all time. I’m not sure exactly how many times I’ve read it, but it’s up there. I use it in the AP class I teach each year. There’s a lot […]

Ask the Author Extravaganza!

Ask the Author Extravaganza!

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Firsts in Fiction Year-End Ask the Author Extravaganza! Hey all! Welcome back! In honor of our final episode this year, we’ve chosen to do an “Ask the Author” extravaganza encompassing each of the remaining “Ask […]

Genre Focus: Action/Adventure

Genre Focus: Action/Adventure

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: How do you fictionalize a real place without offending anyone? Especially if it’s the best setting for your story? How do you make the town, city, or whatever your own? AARON: If […]

Genre Focus–Mystery/Police Procedural

Genre Focus–Mystery/Police Procedural

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. No show notes this week. Please listen or watch the podcast. Thanks!

Genre Focus: Fantasy

Genre Focus: Fantasy

  Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From Sophia Hansen via aarongansky.com: Hey guys, I’ve really enjoyed learning from you, and love having past casts as a resource. Here’s my question: If most of the story is being told […]

Brace Yourself–Four Things You Must Do

Brace Yourself–Four Things You Must Do

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro/outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: James Earls via Facebook: Hey you all. How many chapters/pages per chapter & how long (page wise) is a novella? I ‘ve seen them range as high as a 135 pgs. Is there hard […]

What Beethoven, Mozart, the Beatles, and Einstein Taught Us About Writing

What Beethoven, Mozart, the Beatles, and Einstein Taught Us About Writing

  Thanks to bensond.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Therese Moore via Facebook: From a discussion of a comment, I heard on a different podcast – What is the difference between “commercial fiction” and “literary fiction”? Interesting in how you answer […]

The Care and Feeding of Novel Ideas

The Care and Feeding of Novel Ideas

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: How do you keep from duplicating things you read-putting stuff into your own work? In other words, how do I keep it original or as much as […]

Everything You Wanted to Know About Novel Writing

Everything You Wanted to Know About Novel Writing

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: From Bill Giovannetti via Facebook: What are your top tips for great dialog? AARON: Thanks for the question, Bill. We’ve done several casts on dialog. I’ll link some at the end of […]

Writing the Suspense/Thriller Novel

Writing the Suspense/Thriller Novel

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Caleb Walton via Facebook: How much of the content of your novels is outlined beforehand and how much is done spontaneously as you write? AARON: Another great question. I think the […]