What’s in a Name? Choosing Character Names

What’s in a Name? Choosing Character Names

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: When is it too long in laying down your writing to the point you have lost a bit of it? Do you scrap it & start over, 

Cleaning up Clutter and Cliches

Cleaning up Clutter and Cliches

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: Darion Wells via Twitter: How do you remain so ridiculously awesome with a family, a full time career, and a writer’s responsibilities? AARON: Pops, I assume this question is for you. *Pause 

Story Bibles

Story Bibles

Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music!   ASK THE AUTHOR: From Curt Croel via Facebook: How do your families influence your writing? AARON: Good question! We can take this a couple of different ways: 1) In what ways do the people in 

Managing Multiple Projects

Managing Multiple Projects

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music! ASK THE AUTHOR: Bill Giovanenetti via Facebook: What are some do’s and don’ts with backstory? AARON: I’ve heard that backstory should be avoided at all costs. I think this is a newer, trendier “rule” bandied 

Habits of Highly Successful Writers

Habits of Highly Successful Writers

  Thanks to bensound.com for our intro and outro music NEW BI-WEEKLY FORMAT. Firsts in Fiction will now cast every other week as opposed to every week. Our next cast will be on January 17th, 2016. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dennis Lee Bates Jr. via 

Kill Your Darlings

Kill Your Darlings

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From lanie Peterson via aarongansky.com: What’s the best way to promote your book–press releases, book signings, a party (a book signing and potluck dinner)? AARON: This is an excellent question. To keep 

Sneaky Prose Killers

Sneaky Prose Killers

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. Visit altongansky.com to see “Typewriter Tuesday,” a brief video of a 1915 Corona 3 typewriter (like Hemingway’s first typewriter). ASK THE AUTHOR: From Dave Fessenden via aarongansky.com: In my first novel, the editor changed a 

Book Reviews Review

Book Reviews Review

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via aarongansky.com: What’s the rule governing opening your work with dialogue? Especially when it sets the course for the rest of the story. AARON: I believe I may be 

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

Everything I Wish I Knew Before I Started

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From Jacqueline Patterson: Indie or traditional publishing: which would route would you recommend for an unpublished writer? AARON: That’s a tough one. I’m of the mind that one should always give traditional publishing 

Marketing Analysis and Author Platform

Marketing Analysis and Author Platform

  Thanks to bensound.com for the intro and outro music. ASK THE AUTHOR: From James Earls via Facebook: Are agents & editors absolutely crucial to the writer’s life & their success or lack of it? I do my own editing & do not have an