Archive for November, 2013

The Point of Point of View

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Writing

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?

Show Notes and Player on Aaron’s Website:
http://aarongansky.com/the-point-of-point-of-view/

Listen on Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/firsts-in-fiction-podcast/firsts-in-fiction

Listen on iTunes: https://t.co/66Q2gb8FM9

5 Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

Posted: November 7, 2013 in Writing
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Writer's BlockLike most people, I suffer from writer’s block from time to time.  I usually find that I’m tired, bored, or stressed when I can’t bring myself to write.  It usually takes some work to get into the mode, but I’ve devised a list of some simple tips that won’t take too much effort to get you beyond that block.

  1. Write a different part of the book, or switch it up and write on another project for a while.  This is when it’s good to have a couple projects you’re working on, so you can switch between them when one of them isn’t working for you.
  2. Listen to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack. Click Here to Listen. After listening, just try to be uninspired.
  3. Freewrite about anything that comes to mind. It doesn’t have to be about your current project, or anything in particular; it just needs to be something. Write about a television show you just watched, or a conversation you just had. This is to get you into the mode of writing.
  4. Exercise. Okay, nevermind…  This does take a bit more effort, but getting the blood flowing can do wonders for your brain! So maybe you could just try it.
  5. Listen to Podcasts about writing to get you fired up. This works wonders for me.  Here are a couple recommendations:

Firsts in Fiction: Click HERE to find it on Stitcher or Go to the Site (This is my podcast)
Writing Excuses: Go to their Site

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In case you missed it, we published a new episode of our weekly podcast, Firsts in Fiction. It goes up every Monday.  This week, Aaron and I discuss our favorite writing tools for getting the job done.  We highlight the top 5, and then spend some time on the other great tools out there.  Give us a listen and let us know what you think!

Listen on Stitcher (Be sure to give us a thumb’s up)

Listen on iTunes (Be sure to give us a good review)

Listen and See Show Notes on Aaron’s site

heroesHey everybody! We’ve just put up a special, bonus cast on Firsts in Fiction.  Aaron and Nathan discuss writing heroes and story centering around the comic book greats.  How to create a really compelling story, bringing in the human element in a metahuman world. This cast is coming to you in addition to our normal weekly release–it’s just an extra for your enjoyment.

Listen on Stitcher

Listen on iTunes

Listen and See Show Notes on Aaron’s site