Tag: Craft of Fiction

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

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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 […]

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 […]

Writing “Edgy” Fiction

Writing “Edgy” Fiction

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Jim Keane via aarongansky.com: If you can only afford one type of edit (developmental, line by line or proofreading ) which one should I pick before submitting to publishers/agents? AARON: As for […]

Sneaky Writers’ Tricks

Sneaky Writers’ Tricks

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: How do you write yourself into your novels? AARON: Good question. I actively try not to write characters like myself, but each of my characters has some aspect […]

10 Reasons Novels Fail

10 Reasons Novels Fail

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: Is there such a thing as spending too much time reading & studying the craft & also other people’s work which seems to lend itself to less […]