Tag: Firsts in Fiction

The Biz–Contracts

The Biz–Contracts

    Ask the Author: Aaron Gansky–Where did the idea for your first novel come from? Aaron: Good question, Aaron. I’m so glad you asked. My first novel was never published, and never will be. But the idea came originally from a dream. It’s a 

The Biz: The Changing World of Publishing

The Biz: The Changing World of Publishing

  Ask the Author: Jenny Snow — Describe the moment you went from “trying the writing thing” to being a professional writer. What changed inward and outwardly? How did your outcomes change? Aaron: I’ve always been a writer, but when I went to Blue Ridge 

The Writing Biz — Agents

The Writing Biz — Agents

  Ask the Author: Shelia Firedly — Do you ever get “writer’s block,” if so, what do you do? Aaron: This is a complicated question, and the answer is rather lengthy. So, I’ll try to be brief. I handle writer’s block in two ways: 1. 

Planning a Series

Planning a Series

      Ask the Author: James Earls (via Facebook) Do you write on Sundays (that is, do you have a weekly day off?) Aaron: I don’t write on Sundays unless I’m on a pretty tight deadline. I try to protect my weekends as much 

Subtlety in Conflict

Subtlety in Conflict

  Ask the Author: How do you come up with the title of your book? Michael Sforza ‏(via twitter) Aaron: Good question! I like Flannery O’Connor’s advice on this. That’s to find a line of imagery or a description that encompasses the story and use 

Conflict: Figurative Language

Conflict: Figurative Language

  Ask the Author: How much time of the day do you spend for yourself? No school, no writing, etc.? — John “Duke” O’Neil Aaron: This really depends on the day. Am I on deadline? If so, very little. If not, a little more. Even 

Conflict: Balancing Thought and Action

Conflict: Balancing Thought and Action

  Ask the Author: What do you do when you aren’t writing? Are you a night writer or a day writer? Have you ever based a character on a real person and if so, do they know it? — Jessie Bailey Andersen Aaron: When I’m 

Words to Write By

Words to Write By

  Ask the Author: Therese Moore — which comes first, the plot idea or the character? (March 29th) Aaron: Another fine question. This one really depends on who you ask. For me, I like the idea of starting with a character (like Monk or Sean 

Defining the Drive: Character Motivation

Defining the Drive: Character Motivation

    Ask the Author: When you’re writing historical fiction or any fiction that requires heavy research of a subject, how do you keep the researched information from overwhelming the story itself? – Joseph Bentz Aaron: This is a tricky one. I’ve been guilty of 

Developing Your Character’s Spirituality

Developing Your Character’s Spirituality

  Ask the Author: When did you first know you were going to be a writer, and what was that moment like for you? — Molly Jo Realy Aaron: I’m not sure I’m really there yet. I’ve always considered myself a writer. I suppose, it’s