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  • Gail Carriger: Finishing School Deleted Scenes
    In honor of the full Finishing School series now being available in trade paperback, and collected ebooks, (there is no boxed set, sorry) I present unto you, Gentle Reader… Finishing School Deleted Scenes Please be aware that deleted scenes may (and often do) contain spoilers. Read at your own risk. Hidden Passages Despite Lady Linette’s reluctance to talk, Sophronia pressed her. “I had thought the ceiling of the dining hall was too high. How ... read more
    Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2016
  • Paul Elard Cooley: The Black:Outbreak–28
    Download Now Only 2 more episodes left. Have questions about The Black series? Send an email to paul@shadowpublications.com, post on my Facebook author page or tweet me using the hashtag “theblack”. Support me on Patreon and earn exclusive rewards. Dinosaurs beingRead more › ... read more
    Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2016
  • Seanan McGuire: On the first day of Hogswatch, your Seanan gave away…
    ...a signed copy of Every Heart a Doorway!Welcome to the first of the Thirteen Days of Hogswatch. I will be starting a new giveaway every day between now and December 13th. Each giveaway will have different rules and a different deadline, although all prizes will be mailed on December 30th, because I am bad at going to the post office (and also, I am avoiding the post office as much as possible until that other ... read more
    Published on Thursday, December 1st, 2016
  • Nathan Lowell: Happy Hollandaise
    Yeah, I’m making a sauce of it. In good news, In Ashes Born should be available on Audible by mid-December. In not so good news, I still don’t have To Fire Called done. I think it’s about 60% and I’m leaning heavily on these next two weeks to get it completed. We’ll see how well that goes. Podium is waiting for it so Jeffrey Kafer can do the narration. I’ve got the galley for South ... read more
    Published on Thursday, December 1st, 2016
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: Woot! GHOST TALKERS is one of AudioFile’s best audiobooks of 2016!
    I am so incredibly pleased and honored that AudioFile has picked Ghost Talkers as one of the best audiobooks of 2016. Also floored. Just to put this into perspective for folks who aren’t in the audiobook industry… The AudioFile Magazine editors maintain an archive of more than 40,000 reviews and pick the 2016 books from the list of work that they reviewed that year. So… kinda neat. You know, if you’re into that stuff. Huge congratulations ... read more
    Published on Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • The Write Conversation: Will You Recommend THE WRITE CONVERSATION?
    By Edie Melson @EdieMelsonWill you recommend The Write Conversation as a Top 101 Writing Blog?This year I'm doing something different. I'm asking for a present from you—our loyal blog readers. It won't cost a thing—I promise! The team and I here at The Write Conversation are working hard to provide information to help equip you to follow your writing dream. We have a dream too, it's to be listed in the Writer's Digest top 101 Writing Blogs ... read more
    Published on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
  • Mythcreants: Five Characters With Too Much Spinach
    No, this is not an article about Popeye the Sailor Man.1 Rather, spinach is anything that humiliates a character or tarnishes their image as a cool badass in the audience’s eyes. It can take the form of a character failing to save their loved one, getting upstaged by their rival, or finding out that all their magic powers were actually coming from someone else. The opposite of spinach is candy, which is anything that glorifies a ... read more
    Published on Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
  • Writers Write: Harper Lee to be Immortalized in new Harper Lee Trail in Monroeville, Alabama
    Harper Lee's attorney and a wealthy businessman are raising funds to make Monroeville, Alabama a major tourist attraction dedicated to the author and To Kill a Mockingbird. Read more on writerswrite.com ... read more
    Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2016
  • Jake Bible: Friday Night Drabble Party!
    Howdy! Welcome back to another Friday Night Drabble Party! Hey, did you know I do a live reading of each week’s drabble? True story! But, the only way you can get access is to sign up for my mailing list. I know, I know, you’re afraid of spam. Trust me. I won’t spam you. I […] ... read more
    Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2016
  • WritersDigest: Naming a Newly Published Author
    In my novel KAY’S LUCKY COIN VARIETY, the protagonist, Mary, is told by her mother that “a name, like a picture, is worth a thousand words. It was a single-word poem that defined a person.” One’s reputation, her mother insisted, would one day be built on it. As a newly published author, I had not anticipated how much time and emotional stress choosing an author name would require. As any fiction writer knows, it is ... read more
    Published on Friday, December 2nd, 2016

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Thoughts and Inspirations - RTP Blog Posts

Ideas and Inspiration
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I’m currently 63,000 words into my second novel attempt. Sounds fairly impressive, but I’ve been at 63,000 words for the last six weeks. Sure, I’ve written two short stories, a couple blog entries, participated in recording ten-or-so Roundtable episodes(my favorite distraction besides my wife), taught, graded papers and lesson-planned for about 60 hours a week, etc., etc., and on, and on. A lot like you! But is all of that really keeping me from writing my book? Yes. Because I let it.

We all are experts at wasting time, and the successful few have learned to at least minimize the bastard! We’ve all heard and read countless papers and pamphlets and programs on how to beat down the maniacal villain known as Master Procrastination. That is not what this post is going to do.

Story Development
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There is no one better equipped to build rich authentic characters than someone who has actually “lived” (for a few hours) as someone else. In order to appear authentic on stage, an actor has to be able to respond to cues and events AS THEIR CHARACTER. If they don’t, the performance is flat and uninteresting. Writers are striving for that same authenticity… and suffer the same consequences if they fall short of the mark. So how do actors do it?

Story Development
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“We want to believe the best of who we are, and ignore and deny the worst.  The most intriguing moment of a story is when a villain begins to convince…

Ideas and Inspiration
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“There are people who appear to be able to invoke creativity on command.  They sit down and BAM, creative inspirations suddenly leap from their lips like spawning salmon.  Want to…

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20 (more) Minutes with Jeanne Cavelos

Jeanne Cavelos – scientist, author, and founder of the astonishing Odyssey Writers Workshops – has dedicated herself to exploring the terra incognita of the imagination through storytelling. Her stories and…

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20 (more) Minutes with Jeanne Cavelos

Jeanne Cavelos – scientist, author, and founder of the astonishing Odyssey Writers Workshops – has dedicated herself to exploring the terra incognita of the imagination through storytelling. Her stories and…

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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 108 (Guest Host: Kelly Robson)

Kelly Robson – author of the Nebula-nominated “Waters of Versailles” (published by Tor.com) and many other marvelous tales – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend her brainstorming-fu to a tale of egyptian intrigue, magic, and tangled destinies across time.

The tale is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Michelea Moore, a story of an archeologist in modern day whose soul is twined with that of an ancient egyptian princess. Joined once again by Marie Bilodeau as Co-Host chair, we delve into Michelea’s tale, in our endless search for Literary Gold. There’s plenty to go around, so hot that “PLAY” button and claim yours!