Tag: Character in Fiction

Weaving External and Internal Conflict

Weaving External and Internal Conflict

Welcome back, loyal listeners. FiF crew returns for the second episode of season two. Upon review, the audio quality of this episode (and last episode, and likely next episode) is not as crisp as you’re used to. We apologize for this, and assure you that […]

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 […]

Writing for Men

Writing for Men

We’re joined this week by Tom Morrisey, author of the Novel and the Novelist, to discuss writing fiction for men.

Let’s Get Physical

Let’s Get Physical

Welcome back, loyal listeners! This week, we tackle how to write with physical precision when describing our characters bodies, even their biology! Listen or watch below to find out how to “embody” your characters.  

Spirituality in Fiction

Spirituality in Fiction

Welcome back, loyal listeners! This week, in honor of Easter, we talk about spirituality in fiction. It’s a dimension that’s often overlooked by writers. We need to think about the spirituality of our characters and how that can impact our plot. As always, you may […]

Three’s a Crowd–Handling Ensemble Casts

Three’s a Crowd–Handling Ensemble Casts

[box] [/box] Welcome back, loyal listeners! This week, Aaron and Al talk ensemble casts–what are they, and how do you make them work. As always, you can download the episode here, or watch below. Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes, YouTube, and Stitcher!     […]

Bonus Cast! Heroes

Bonus Cast! Heroes

Nathan Bodell and Aaron Gansky talk heroes: what makes them great, what makes them last.

Halloween Special: Villains!

Halloween Special: Villains!

Just in time for Halloween, Steve and I discuss villains (cue maniacal laughter). Who are the greatest villains? What makes them great? What can we do to add great villains to our fiction?

Archetypes Without Stereotypes

Archetypes Without Stereotypes

Turns out most stories and novels pull from the same well. We call this well “archetypes.” Steve and Aaron discuss how to utilize them for maximum effect.

A Body of Information

A Body of Information

On this week’s Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I discuss the physicality, the biology, of our characters, and how that adds to their depth and history.