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Firsts in Fiction – Your first stop for learning to write better fiction!

This week, we have special guests Alton Gansky and Cindy Sproles to discuss the collaborative writing process.

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Cindy Sproles: http://www.cindysproles.com/
Alton Gansky: http://www.altongansky.com/

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Citron Review: http://thecitronreview.wordpress.com/
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Just letting you know that we have a show scheduled for Tuesday, April 22, at 8:00 PM PST that you can join live on Google Hangouts. The description and link is below.

Link to the event: https://plus.google.com/events/c9scbu157iprra9rvvhvlev6lso

Firsts in Fiction – Your first stop for learning to write better fiction!

This week, we have special guests Alton Gansky and Cindy Sproles to discuss the collaborative writing process.

Subscribe and leave a thumbs up!

Links
Cindy Sproles: http://www.cindysproles.com/
Alton Gansky: http://www.altongansky.com/

The FIF website: http://aarongansky.com/category/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FirstsInFiction
Stitcher Page: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/firsts-in-fiction-podcast/firsts-in-fiction?refid=stpr

Aaron’s Website: http://aarongansky.com/
Heather’s Website: http://heatherluby.com/
Citron Review: http://thecitronreview.wordpress.com/
Steve’s Website: https://stevemclain.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstsInFiction
Aaron’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/adgansky
Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevemclain
Heather’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/HDluby

Firsts in Fiction – Your first stop for learning to write better fiction!

This week, we return to our discussion about conflict and consider internal conflicts.

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The website: http://aarongansky.com/category/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FirstsInFiction
Stitcher Page: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/firsts-in-fiction-podcast/firsts-in-fiction?refid=stpr
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstsInFiction
Aaron’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/adgansky
Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevemclain
Heather’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/HDluby
Citron Review: http://thecitronreview.wordpress.com/

Firsts in Fiction – Your first stop for learning to write better fiction!

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. This week, we did a live cast on Google Hangouts, and the video is available on YouTube!

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The website: http://aarongansky.com/category/blog/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FirstsInFiction
Stitcher Page: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/firsts-in-fiction-podcast/firsts-in-fiction?refid=stpr
Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstsInFiction
Aaron’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/adgansky
Steve’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/stevemclain
Heather’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/HDluby
Citron Review: http://thecitronreview.wordpress.com/

Broken RulerFirsts in Fiction has continued to create new content for your learning and enjoyment.  Don’t miss our latest episode, where Aaron Gansky and I finish up our two part series on breaking the rules.  See the article on IO9 that inspired this episode here.

 

 

Play the Episode: http://aarongansky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/e35morewritingrulesyoushouldbreak.mp3%20

Show notes are here.

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