Tag: Writing Podcast

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 […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question

  Firsts in Fiction Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Dramatic Question In Part 2 of our Gross Anatomy series we turn our attention to an element of plotting: Discovering the plot’s dramatic question(s). First, let’s define “plot.” A plot is a series of events in […]

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

Gross Anatomy of a Novel: Character

  If you’re looking for the novel spotlight, you can find it (and many other fun features) on our newsletter. Be sure to sign up at aarongansky.com! Intro: What is Gross Anatomy of a Novel? In this series, we’re going to take a holistic look […]

From the Vaults: 10 Tips for Naming Your Character

From the Vaults: 10 Tips for Naming Your Character

Originally published on March 23, 2014. Featuring prior co-hosts Steve McLain and Heather Luby. This cast was originally, and is rebroadcast, as audio only. Welcome back to Firsts in Fiction, loyal listeners! Sadly, Aaron couldn’t join us this week because of a scheduling conflict, but […]

Juggling Multiple Plot Lines

Juggling Multiple Plot Lines

    NOVEL SPOTLIGHT (Pops): In 2011, Simon & Schuster published Stephen King’s 11/22/63. I received the book as a Christmas present from one of my sons-in-law. It’s weighty book, as King’s novels often are, of 850 pages or so. King has proven himself a […]

From the Vaults: The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

From the Vaults: The Mysterious Case of Show vs. Tell

Steve McLain and Aaron Gansky look into the mysterious case of Show v. Tell. This is our take on when you should show, and when you should tell when writing fiction.

Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Feeding the Beast: Keeping Creativity Fed

Welcome back, loyal listeners! A quick disclaimer: we faced quite a few technical difficulties this week. The content is still top-notch, but the quality of recording was spotty (mainly on Aaron’s end at the beginning). Stick with us, though. The quality improves further in. It’s […]

From the FiF Vault: Music to Write By

From the FiF Vault: Music to Write By

Music can have a profound impact on our writing. Here, we explore how to maximize music in our fiction.

Mental Missteps–Avoiding Common Writerly Mental Mistakes

Mental Missteps–Avoiding Common Writerly Mental Mistakes

    NOVEL SPOTLIGHT (Aaron): The Road by Cormac McCarthy I’m a sucker for stories about fathers and sons, and this one is about as gritty as it gets. Set in a post-apocalyptic future filled with cannibals and other darker perils, the father and son […]