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  • Cavan Scott: Doctor Who: The Eternal Battle out now
    Doctor Who: The Eternal Battle came out last Wednesday and is a childhood dream realised. Starring Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor with Lalla Ward as Romana and John Leeson as K9, this is my TARDIS team, the trio I grew up watching. Click Here for The Eternal Battle blurb The TARDIS has landed in a war zone. The Doctor, Romana and K9 find themselves traipsing through an inhospitable battlefield. Strange lights flicker in the ... read more
    Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2017
  • Cavan Scott: Tekken: The New Comic
    The secret is out! I’m writing Titan Comics’ new Tekken mini-series, which launches in May. I’m working with the great Andie Tong who’s the genius behind the explosive art. I’m so excited to be working on this. We’re half way through issue one and, as Andie has said on Twitter, it feels like we’ve been researching this book since 1995 when the first game came out. Obviously, I can’t share too much about the story just yet, except to ... read more
    Published on Saturday, February 18th, 2017
  • Seth Harwood: Patreon is Live / Why Patreon?
    First, my Patreon page is now live! You can head over to see it here: patreon.com/sethharwood   What does this mean for you? Well, first it means new audio content! More stuff for your ears in the way of stories, podcast-novels, and more awesome chit-chat about the writing life, being a dad, and publishing as a whole. And soon: MORE JACK PALMS! (cue the music) WHY PATREON? The big thing that was missing from podcasting when ... read more
    Published on Friday, February 17th, 2017
  • Paul Elard Cooley: Derelict: Marines – Episode 9
    Download NowDerelict: Marines is available in ebook and trade paperback from Amazon. Purchase a copy, leave a review, and help support the free podcast. The Derelict: Marines enhanced edition audiobook is now available from my store. Support me on PatreonRead more › ... read more
    Published on Friday, February 17th, 2017
  • Pip Ballantine: First Event of 2017
    This weekend I’ll be at Farpoint in Timonium, Maryland. I’ll have a table in the dealer’s room, where you can buy signed copies of my books. I’ll also be appearing at the following panels during the weekend. Saturday 10am Publishing in 2017 – Chesapeake 1 10.40am Author Reading – Art Show 12pm Beggars and Chosers: Crowd Sourcing Artistic Projects – Ridgely 1 8pm Social Media for authors – Chesapeake 1 Sunday 10am Beyond the Female ... read more
    Published on Friday, February 17th, 2017

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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • NaNoWriMo Every Month: Questions 233: Unreliable Narrators
    Subscribe Here! Vega asks: “What kinds of unreliable narrators are there?” Resources mentioned:The Usual Suspects How to Cheat at Everything by Simon Lovell Social Engineering: The Art of Human Hacking by Christopher Hadnagy and Paul Wilson Psychological Subtleties, vol 1 by Banachek Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov ... read more
    Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2017
  • Dean Wesley Smith: Just Reading…
    Nothing to see here… Just piles and piles and piles of manuscripts. Kris and I are old-time editors and we read everything in paper manuscript format. Great fun and our cats are too old to care about the strange manuscript piles to cause issues. Clearly we need kittens. Now back to the pile… night. ... read more
    Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2017
  • WriterUnboxed: The Importance of the Adversarial Ally
    Gianfranco Blanco, Flickr’s CCJeanne Cavelos was a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she ran the fantasy, science fiction, and horror programs and won the World Fantasy Award for her work. Jeanne left publishing to write and to work with writers in a more meaningful way. Her seven books include the best-selling Passing of the Techno-Mages trilogy; The Science of Star Wars, which was chosen by the New York Public Library for its recommended ... read more
    Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2017
  • Mythcreants: 106 – Qualities of the Fairy Tale Genre
    Once upon a time, Fay once again joined Oren and Chris, this time to discuss fairy tales. The first question on our minds: what is a fairy tale, exactly? Is it any story with fairies in it? Does it need to have a happy ending? We also talk about when a fairy tale transitions into a normal fantasy story, the morals fairy tales are famous for, and why people complain about eagles in Lord ... read more
    Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2017
  • The Write Conversation: Too Busy to Say No: The Secret to Thriving in a Yes World
    by Andy Lee @WordsByAndyLeeI’ve never been good at saying the “no” word. I’m your typical “yes” gal.I find it’s easy to say because the corners of my mouth turn up when the word is formed.Just try it. Say it with me out loud, “Yes!” See? A smile naturally forms on your face when this word is spoken. (It’s possible to say it with a straight face, but I contend that it’s work to do so; therefore, ... read more
    Published on Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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Thoughts and Inspirations - RTP Blog Posts

Ideas and Inspiration
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So, there I was: writing the first scene of the first draft of Hapax. I was bright-eyed and innocent, the scene zipping along beneath my fingers. My monks were preparing to hold vigil to see if the Apocalypse was nigh (spoiler: it was). I had a plot outline, I had character notes, I had worldbuilding…

And then, I realized.

I had forgotten to figure out the monks’ hierarchy. I had no idea who or what their leader was.

Oops.

Don’t Panic

Ideas and Inspiration
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I want to take a moment to address an issue many writers, including myself, are plagued with:

So many ideas, so little time.

I’m struck with a least two new story ideas a week. Sometimes I can satisfy my fickle muses with a short story or two. Other times, the ideas demand novel-length exorcising. I can’t control it, and I’m somewhat scared of what might happen if I tried. As a result of said caution, I’ve devised a means to placate the voices in my head while maintaining my sanity. I…

Story Development
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“Descriptive” is a common compliment for books. Perhaps too common – one of the usual downfalls of newer writers is the tendency to over-describe every aspect of their stories, from the characters to the setting to the teapot in the cupboard.

Characters should be described. So should setting. That teapot, though, probably doesn’t require the readers’ attention, and you should not be wasting your authorly breath on it. Too much description, even of vital elements of the story, bogs down your narration and leads the reader to start skipping entire sections of your story – assuming, that is, they don’t simply quit reading.

How much is too much? At what point do you go from “very descriptive” to “bloated and boring?” With writing, there are never any rules – only guidelines. The following are a couple of mine.

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Workshop Episode 111 (Guest Host: Myke Cole)

Myke Cole – author of The Shadow Ops Series (including “Gemini Cell”, “Javelin Rain” and the forthcoming “Seige Line” – returns to the Big Chair in the RTP virtual studios to lend his brainstorming-fu to a tale of future warfare, powered armor, and artificial intelligence.

The tale is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Jonathan Zerrusen, a tale of two heroes, the daughter of a nation honored to wear the first powered armor into battle, and a newly transcended (and illegal) AI on opposite sides of a global conflict. The brainstorm froth is frothy indeed as we explore the nuances of cyber characters, deepening the conflict within and around the protagonists, and generally dig up a mountain of Literary Gold (as you do). Hit that PLAY button and get yours!

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Another 20 Minutes with Myke Cole

Myke Cole – author of The Shadow Ops Series (including “Gemini Cell”, “Javelin Rain” and the forthcoming “Seige Line” – has achieved some astonishing things since his last appearance in 2013.…

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One Question: What Makes a Good Fight Scene?

From intimate duels to the death to epic battles, the fight scene is a cornerstone of speculative fiction. For the writer, however, crafting a good fight scene can be an epic struggle to find…

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Workshop Episode 111 (Guest Host: Myke Cole)

Myke Cole – author of The Shadow Ops Series (including “Gemini Cell”, “Javelin Rain” and the forthcoming “Seige Line” – returns to the Big Chair in the RTP virtual studios to lend his brainstorming-fu to a tale of future warfare, powered armor, and artificial intelligence.

The tale is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Jonathan Zerrusen, a tale of two heroes, the daughter of a nation honored to wear the first powered armor into battle, and a newly transcended (and illegal) AI on opposite sides of a global conflict. The brainstorm froth is frothy indeed as we explore the nuances of cyber characters, deepening the conflict within and around the protagonists, and generally dig up a mountain of Literary Gold (as you do). Hit that PLAY button and get yours!