Tag: Firsts in Fiction

FROM THE VAULTS: Week 2, Act 2

FROM THE VAULTS: Week 2, Act 2

Act II is most commonly referred to as the rising action. It’s marked by several things, but the two most important aspects are the escalation of tension and the further development of the character.

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 […]

FROM THE VAULTS: Three Weeks, Three Acts

FROM THE VAULTS: Three Weeks, Three Acts

I thought it might be fun to take a few weeks to look at the three act structure. While most commonly used for screenplays, fiction writers have used the same set-up for decades.

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 […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Conflict In Part 3 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to the element of conflict. First, let’s define “conflict.” Conflict arises from character–it is the thing that stands between your character and what […]

From The Vaults: Screenwriting with Brian Bird

From The Vaults: Screenwriting with Brian Bird

Join us as we talk screenwriting with Brian Bird, a 30-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television business. His mission as a writer, producer and media professional is to create high-caliber life-affirming redemptive true stories and uplifting entertainment projects.