Tag: Steve McLain

Momentum

Momentum

Our goal as writers is to achieve the proper amount of momentum in the discipline of our craft and within the pages of our fiction.

Reading Like a Writer

Reading Like a Writer

This week, Steve, Heather, and Aaron take a look at how to read like a writer.

Ten Story Building Techniques

Ten Story Building Techniques

[box] [/box] Welcome back to Firsts in Fiction, loyal listeners! This week, Steve and Aaron are joined by Alton Gansky (prolific writer and host of Writer’s Talk) again to talk story building. The video of our live cast on Google Hangouts is available on YouTube […]

Collaborate and Listen

Collaborate and Listen

Collaborative writing can be challenging and frustrating if not handled properly. Here are a few tips to keep you and your partner on the right track and working well together.

Layering Conflict Like a Jawbreaker

Layering Conflict Like a Jawbreaker

As opposed to external conflict, internal conflict is one that occurs within the character. It can feature any number or combination of things like values, beliefs, morals, or it can be about overcoming their fear or their past.

Criticism or Doubt?

Criticism or Doubt?

This week, Steve and Aaron take a look at the difference between self-doubt and self-criticism–two very different things. One is destructive, the other productive. Learning to tell the difference is an essential skill for writers.

Conflicting Conflict

Conflicting Conflict

Conflict is one of the fundamental elements of fiction. Without it, fiction can’t exist. On the simplest level, conflict is the thing that stands between your protagonist and his or her desires.

Five More Rules You Should Break

Five More Rules You Should Break

[box][/box] Welcome back to Firsts in Fiction, loyal listeners! Sadly, Heather couldn’t join us this week because of a scheduling conflict, but she should be back with us next week. For now, Aaron and Steve finish up the conversation they began earlier about i09’s list […]

10 Tips for Naming Your Character

10 Tips for Naming Your Character

Naming characters can be both fun and nerve wracking. Our tips and tricks will help you find the right names for the right characters without the headache and anxiety attacks so common to the process.

Stop! Stop! You’re Making a Scene!

Stop! Stop! You’re Making a Scene!

Scenes can be about action or reaction, but no matter what, something must happen in your scene that will move your story forward. If you can take the scene out of the novel, and the rest of the book still works and is not compromised, then the scene should be cut. If you can get rid of it, you should.