Tag: Firsts in Fiction

Layering Conflict Like a Jawbreaker

Layering Conflict Like a Jawbreaker

As opposed to external conflict, internal conflict is one that occurs within the character. It can feature any number or combination of things like values, beliefs, morals, or it can be about overcoming their fear or their past.

Criticism or Doubt?

Criticism or Doubt?

This week, Steve and Aaron take a look at the difference between self-doubt and self-criticism–two very different things. One is destructive, the other productive. Learning to tell the difference is an essential skill for writers.

Conflicting Conflict

Conflicting Conflict

Conflict is one of the fundamental elements of fiction. Without it, fiction can’t exist. On the simplest level, conflict is the thing that stands between your protagonist and his or her desires.

Five More Rules You Should Break

Five More Rules You Should Break

[box][/box] Welcome back to Firsts in Fiction, loyal listeners! Sadly, Heather couldn’t join us this week because of a scheduling conflict, but she should be back with us next week. For now, Aaron and Steve finish up the conversation they began earlier about i09’s list 

10 Tips for Naming Your Character

10 Tips for Naming Your Character

Naming characters can be both fun and nerve wracking. Our tips and tricks will help you find the right names for the right characters without the headache and anxiety attacks so common to the process.

Stop! Stop! You’re Making a Scene!

Stop! Stop! You’re Making a Scene!

Scenes can be about action or reaction, but no matter what, something must happen in your scene that will move your story forward. If you can take the scene out of the novel, and the rest of the book still works and is not compromised, then the scene should be cut. If you can get rid of it, you should.

5 Rules Writers Should Break

5 Rules Writers Should Break

As writers, we hear a lot about the rules we shouldn’t break, but not so much about the ones we should. Here’s a look at iO9’s list of rules they wish writers would break more often.

How to Write The End

How to Write The End

Finding the right way to polish the novel can be a challenge, and it’s even harder to describe how to end a story or novel.

Dave Fessenden: Author and Agent

Dave Fessenden: Author and Agent

[box][/box] Welcome back, all! We’ve got a special treat for you this week. Dave Fessenden, author and agent, joins us to talk about his book The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy and his job as a literary agent. As an author, editor, and agent, his 

Top 10 Writing Books Every Writer Should Own

Top 10 Writing Books Every Writer Should Own

This week, we take a look at the top ten writing books every writer should own. These are the texts we read in college, the ones we’ve read at writing retreats, the ones recommended to us by the masters.