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  • Mythcreants - Five Speculative Fiction Novels You Can Learn From
    What we read influences what we write, often without our conscious intent. So if you’re working on your writing skills, pick your books carefully. Great books can show you how it’s done. Terrible ones can encourage poor habits. But which books are great? If you’re new to writing, it can be hard to separate your personal tastes from the skill of the writer. That’s probably why we got this from Jessalyn: I ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 18th, 2017
  • The Writer - Giveaway: The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Dialogue
      Do you struggle with dialogue? It’s a common plight for fiction writers, but it’s also essential to overcome that hurdle: As George V. Higgins once said, “A man or woman who does not write good dialogue is not a first-rate writer.” John Hough, Jr.’s guide attempts to help writers master this must-have skill. We’re giving away a copy of his book to one lucky reader. Enter by 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, May ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - Art, Money, Ambition: Lessons Learned From Damien Hirst’s Treasures From The Wreck Of The Unbelievable
    Damien Hirst is my favorite modern artist and sculpture is my favorite physical art form, so when I heard Hirst was doing his latest exhibition in Venice, I booked immediately. It’s only a two-hour flight and filling the creative well is an important part of my writing process. Plus, it’s Venice …  Here’s what I learned from the trip and you can see all the photos here on Flickr. (1) Be memorable. Create ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
  • The Writer - Ken Pisani: How I Write
    Credit: CoCo Knudson Ken Pisani is a screenwriter, television writer, playwright, and the author of the highly praised graphic novel Colonus. He’s now adding “novelist” to his impressive list of accomplishments. Amp’d is the story of Aaron, who suffers the loss of his left arm after a car accident. Faced with adversity, Aaron tries to deal with the resulting challenges in his life. Pisani skillfully weaves together compelling and flawed characters, complicated family dynamics, and ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
  • The Writer - Caroline Leavitt: Portrait of a modern novelist
      Writers always gun for the hows and whys behind the latest best-selling smashes. We can’t help it. We ask: How did you do it? What are you doing that I’m not? How did you get to be so talented? And: What makes you so special? The harsh reality is that the vast majority of us will not pen the next Eat, Pray, Love or Gone Girl. Frankly, if we all knew exactly what ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, May 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!