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  • Mary Robinette Kowal - My Favorite Bit: Stacey Berg talks about REGENERATION
    Stacey Berg is joining us today with her novel Regeneration. Here’s the publisher’s description: The world is ready to be reborn… Protected by the Church for four hundred years, the people of the City are the last of humanity—or so they thought. Echo Hunter 367, made to be faithful to the Church and its Saint at all costs, embarks on what she’s sure is a suicide mission into the harsh desert beyond the City. Then, at ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
  • Pip Ballantine - First Chapter of Immortal Progeny
    Immortal Progeny releases this very Friday! It is available for ebook pre-order right now. Print editions will be available next week, and as you can see I am working on the audiobook right now. It’s a book that I have wanted to write since I finished Harbinger, the last book in the Books of the Order series. That was a world where religion had been largely thrown away, and replaced with a healthy fear of ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
  • Gail Carriger - Gail Interviews Emma Newman (Brother’s Ruin)
    Today, Gentle Reader please give a hearty welcome to the fantastic Emma Newman! Emma is many things: a delightful author, a fantastic narrator (I should know, she narrates my book Romancing the Inventor), a stylish dresser, a killer podcast hostess, and a fellow tea lover. I have been interviewed on her fantastic podcast, Tea & Jeopardy (which is how I learned of her gorgeous voice and fell in love with singing chickens). So please join me in ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
  • Mur Lafferty - Ditch Diggers #36: Cassandra Khaw and Lack of Self Preservation
    Matt and Mur come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s Harry Potter-themed Escape Room with special guest co-host Cassandra Khaw! Morgan and JK Rowling have dueling Escape Rooms based on each other’s work and Cassandra is very perplexed. Matt and Mur talk to Cassandra about developing her first video game, She Remembered Caterpillars, which encourages parents to talk with their kids about mortality and has been nominated for Best Children’s Game of the Year. Matt ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
  • Mercedes Yardley - No, YOUR House is Super Snuggly!
    a A soft black bunny grooms himself on a cuddly penguin sleeping bag. The cuteness is overwhelming. Here’s a picture to save for a bad day. ❤ ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • Live Write Thrive - Diet and Exercise for the Super-Productive Writer
    I know. There’s nothing more distasteful than talking about diet and exercise. But seriously, how can we weigh in all the factors to being productive without discussing this? Since we’re spending these months looking out how to be super productive writers, we have to go here. I’ll try to make this as painless (and guilt-free) as possible. Stay with me. Let’s take a look first at one of the hard truths about being a writer, ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - Podcasting Tips And Tricks With Jerod Morris
    Podcasting definitely changed my life and so I am an evangelist for audio! Whether you want to start or improve your own show, or become a guest on other people’s, you’ll find lots of useful tips in this interview with Jerod Morris. In the introduction, I give an update from New Orleans where I’ve been co-writing a dark fantasy story with Lindsay Buroker, J Thorn and Zach Bohannon this week. Lots of pics on my Facebook ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 27th, 2017
  • Jane Friedman - The Myth About Print Coming Back (Updated)
    This post first went live in June 2016; I’ve updated it with more recent industry statistics. If you enjoy this post, I highly recommend subscribing to The Hot Sheet, an email newsletter for professional authors that I write and edit with journalist Porter Anderson. When I read mainstream outlets on publishing industry issues (such as The New York Times or The Guardian), few things are more frustrating than articles that tout the “resurgence” of print—as well as ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
  • Dean Wesley Smith - Collections and Workshops
    Short post tonight to keep my blogging streak alive on this Saturday night. Turned in two collections tonight, plus worked on the Strength workshops this afternoon and evening. I will try to remember to let you know when the collections are live. We will be another few weeks before we get the sixth Strengths workshop up. We are enjoying working on them and answering assignments. So far so good. If you want to take three you ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - Faith for the Word People
    by Edie Melson@EdieMelsonFor we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7As writers, we have chosen to follow a difficult path. I remember, after a particularly hard week, my husband remarked that he wished I’d chose another career, something simple—like becoming a movie star. His comparison was more appropriate than he realized. Success, for both career choices appears, from the outside at least, to rely on being popular with a lot of people. Reaching the ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 26th, 2017
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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.

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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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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!