Tag: Steve McLain

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.

5 Rules Writers Should Break

5 Rules Writers Should Break

As writers, we hear a lot about the rules we shouldn’t break, but not so much about the ones we should. Here’s a look at iO9’s list of rules they wish writers would break more often.

How to Write The End

How to Write The End

Finding the right way to polish the novel can be a challenge, and it’s even harder to describe how to end a story or novel.

Dave Fessenden: Author and Agent

Dave Fessenden: Author and Agent

[box][/box] Welcome back, all! We’ve got a special treat for you this week. Dave Fessenden, author and agent, joins us to talk about his book The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy and his job as a literary agent. As an author, editor, and agent, his 

Top 10 Writing Books Every Writer Should Own

Top 10 Writing Books Every Writer Should Own

This week, we take a look at the top ten writing books every writer should own. These are the texts we read in college, the ones we’ve read at writing retreats, the ones recommended to us by the masters.

Flash Fiction with Heather Luby

Flash Fiction with Heather Luby

[box][/box] This week, we’re joined by Heather Luby, managing editor of The Citron Reivew, to take a look at a very popular form of story telling: Flash Fiction. Because the form is so short (less than a thousand words), authors must be careful to craft 

Christian Devotions Speak UP! Interview

Christian Devotions Speak UP! Interview

[box][/box] Recently, I had the privilege of chatting with Scott McCausey, host of Christian Devotions Speak UP! We talked a bit about my book, and about my ministries in general. Would love if you listened. As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. As always, 

Aaron Talks About The Bargain

Aaron Talks About The Bargain

[box][/box] Hey Firsts in Fiction listeners! On this week’s cast, I talk about my new book, The Bargain. Steve asks some good questions. No show notes this week, since we’re not really talking much about the craft of fiction. Hope you enjoy the interview. You 

Sneaky Prose Killers

Sneaky Prose Killers

Welcome back, Firsts in Fiction listeners. This week, Steve and I discuss what I call “Sneaky Prose Killers.” If you’re wondering about the picture of zombies, it will make much more sense after listening to the cast. As always, you can listen below or download