Tag: Craft of Fiction

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 

Kurt Vonneguts Eight Rules for Writing Fiction

Kurt Vonneguts Eight Rules for Writing Fiction

More writing rules! This week, we look at what the incredible Kurt Vonnegut had to say about fiction. I’ve written about this before, so each heading is a link to a previous post with more information and insights on that particular rule. Here’s what Steve 

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 

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing

It’s a pretty popular thing for accomplished writers to compile lists of rules* for writing fiction. This week, Steve and I tackle 10 of these rules as suggested by Elmore Leonard. You can listen to the cast below, or download it here. [box][/box] Elmore Leonard 

First Lines

First Lines

This week, Steve and I look at the importance of first lines in fiction. The information is largely taken and adapted from my book, Firsts in Fiction: First Lines. You can get a copy of the book here. We’d love for you to listen to 

Archetypes Without Stereotypes

Archetypes Without Stereotypes

Turns out most stories and novels pull from the same well. We call this well “archetypes.” Steve and Aaron discuss how to utilize them for maximum effect.

A Body of Information

A Body of Information

On this week’s Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I discuss the physicality, the biology, of our characters, and how that adds to their depth and history.

Characters from the Ground Up

Characters from the Ground Up

In our third episode of Firsts in Fiction, Steve and I talk about how to construct characters from the ground up. Here’s a few ideas to help you pull your characters from the ether and rivet them together into unforgettable friends (or enemies). Special thanks 

Starting Your Book

Starting Your Book

Our second podcast focuses on how to start your book. While there are several methods, these are the points Steve and I highlighted. THE SNOWFLAKE METHOD: Randy Ingermanson developed a method for writing a novel called the snowflake method. It’s a complex idea, but the