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  • Helping Writers Become Authors - Help Me Finish the Creating Character Arcs Workbook
    I need some help. In light of the many requests I’ve received to offer a workbook companion to my latest writing book Creating Character Arcs, I’m doing just that! I’ve finished the workbook itself and am getting it ready to go to the typesetter and cover designer, with a tentative publication date in early October (just in time for NaNoWriMo!). However, I have a dilemma. The Creating Character Arcs Workbook has turned out to be quite a ... read more
    Published on Friday, March 17th, 2017
  • Mythcreants - Five Worldbuilding Mistakes Even Enthusiasts Make
    Most worldbuilding mistakes we see over and over again come from lazy storytellers who create worlds as an afterthought. But a few mistakes persist even in worlds built with considerable time and effort. These are mistakes of oversight: the worldbuilder just didn’t remember to think about everything critically. Let’s take a look at some of these repeat offenders. 1. Leaving Culture the Same Battlestar Galactica: Humans have lived for untold eons ... read more
    Published on Friday, March 17th, 2017
  • The Writers Alley - Friday Five with Melissa Tagg!
    Y'all, I am SO excited to be hosting my precious friend Melissa Tagg today! You're going to love this spotlight on her today--she is so fun to hang out with! She's talking swoon-worthy heroes, favorite new fiction, and indie publishing. You don't want to miss a word. Thanks so much for being with us, Melissa! -- Ashley1) You have an all-expenses paid ticket to go anywhere in the world tomorrow. Where do you choose and ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 16th, 2017
  • Live Write Thrive - 6 Bad Habits You Can Write Without
    Today’s post is by Paula Hicks. All writers have some bad habits. What’s difficult, though, is spotting our own. We may be unaware of the bad habits that are harming our productivity. The good news is it’s possible to change those bad habits and get into more positive ones. Your writing will show a marked improvement when you do, and you’ll produce higher-quality material. So let’s take a look at six bad habits writers often ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 16th, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - 3 Unconventional Ways To Use Social Media To Effectively Find Your Readers
    I’ve been a Twitter power user since 2009. It’s my favorite social media platform, and to be honest, it’s how this introvert manages a social life   But many authors make mistakes with their social media marketing. In today’s article, Dan Blank gives some tips on how to use social media effectively to help you find readers.  The most common mistake I see people make in social media is to use it as a publicity ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 16th, 2017
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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!