Tag: Characters

Defining the Drive: Character Motivation

Defining the Drive: Character Motivation

    Ask the Author: When you’re writing historical fiction or any fiction that requires heavy research of a subject, how do you keep the researched information from overwhelming the story itself? – Joseph Bentz Aaron: This is a tricky one. I’ve been guilty of […]

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.  

Character Creation Process

Character Creation Process

Steve and Heather talk about how to build characters that are memorable and authentic.

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.

Characters from the Ground Up

Characters from the Ground Up

In our third episode of Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I talk about how to construct characters from the ground up. Here’s a few ideas to help you pull your characters from the ether and rivet them together into unforgettable friends (or enemies). Special thanks […]