Tag: Writing Podcast

Yuvi Talks Everything Part 2

Yuvi Talks Everything Part 2

[box][/box] Last week, Steve and I talked with Yuvi Zalkow, author of A Brilliant Novel in the Works. Our conversation ran a little long, so we split it over two weeks. This week, we pick up our conversation discussing writer’s block, but we move very 

Yuvi Zalkow Talks Everything

Yuvi Zalkow Talks Everything

[box][/box] Since we started this podcast, I’ve been wanting to bring on a few of my writer friends as guests. I finally got my chance this week when Yuvi Zalkow skyped in and talked with us about pretty much everything. He’s a great writer with 

Setting Your Setting

Setting Your Setting

[box]There’s an old saying: You can take the cowboy out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the cowboy. This is equally as true in fiction as it is in life. No matter where your characters come from, they’re inextricably tied to 

The Point of Point of View

The Point of Point of View

[box]Firsts in Fiction is back again! This week we ponder the point of point of view. Which is right for your story or novel? First person? Second person? Third person? Steve and I explore the issue in depth (probably a little more depth than is 

Five Tips for Researching Your Novel

Five Tips for Researching Your Novel

[box]Steve McLain and I spent this week discussing research. While several writers love digging up details, others dread it. Like it or not, at some point in your novel, you’ll need to do some fact finding. Here are five tips to help you do it 

The Top Five Writing Tools: Cheap and Free Computer Programs to Maximize Your Writing

The Top Five Writing Tools: Cheap and Free Computer Programs to Maximize Your Writing

[box]I may be wrong, but I’m confident this is the longest title we’ve had on the show to date. Ah, specificity. If you couldn’t tell from the title, Steve and I spend this week discussing computer programs to help maximize your writing. You may listen 

Bonus Cast! Heroes

Bonus Cast! Heroes

Nathan Bodell and Aaron Gansky talk heroes: what makes them great, what makes them last.

Halloween Special: Villains!

Halloween Special: Villains!

Just in time for Halloween, Steve and I discuss villains (cue maniacal laughter). Who are the greatest villains? What makes them great? What can we do to add great villains to our fiction?

Understanding Editors

Understanding Editors

Special thanks to Nathan Bodell of WednesdayComics.info for joining us on our discussion of editors on this week’s Firsts in Fiction Podcast. Be sure to stop by and check out his podcast if you’re interested in comic books. You can subscribe to his podcast on 

First Pages

First Pages

This week, Steve McLain and I revisit the idea of first lines and apply the principles we discussed to the first pages. Rather than talking exclusively about the importance, this episode focuses more on how to put these pages together. You may listen to the