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  • Seanan McGuire: Where’s Seanan? The New York Comic-Con edition!
    Because it is written in the stars that 2016 should be a month of near-constant travel, I am about to hop on yet another plane and soar off to New York, where I will do business, hug people, and oh yeah, appear at New York Comic-Con, the East Coast's Geek Prom.So where can you find me? Other than staring longingly at the Marvel editorial team, trying to literally will them into hiring me to relaunch ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • Kameron Hurley: America’s Long Hangover
    Good morning, America. Are you hungover? Honestly, I think I’ve been hungover since the 2000 election, which was a whopping 16 years ago. Two timelines diverged in a wood, and lo, we took the darker one, and here we are, America, perpetually drunk or hungover. Looking back, it’s easy to see why nobody cared to show up to that election. We’d come off the prosperity of  Bill Clinton’s 90’s, artificially created by the deregulation of ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • Mur Lafferty: Ditch Diggers #30: Networking, With Natalie Metzger
    Matt and Mur come to you live from Morgan Freeman’s slightly better lawn furniture, which they’re actually sharing live and in-person in front of a small audience, slightly inebriated (Matt, Mur, the audience, or all three? Who knows!) Even during Ditch Diggers, a podcast about rolling up your sleeves and doing the job of writing, people are catching Pokemon while we record. Matt and Mur are joined by their special guest co-host, illustrator Natalie Metzger. ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: My Favorite Bit: Fran Wilde talks about CLOUDBOUND
    Fran Wilde is joining us today with her novel Cloudbound. Here’s the publisher’s description: After the dust settles, the City of living bones begins to die, and more trouble brews beneath the clouds in this stirring companion to Fran Wilde’s Updraft. When Kirit Densira left her home tower for the skies, she gave up many things: her beloved family, her known way of life, her dreams of flying as a trader for her tower, her dreams. ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • Gareth Powell: Patreon
    Well, after a lot of indecision and to-ing and fro-ing on the subject, I’ve finally taken the plunge with a Patreon website. I’m a bit nervous about this, but it’s there if you want to take a look at it. https://www.patreon.com/GarethLPowell ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • WritersDigest: How to Design Your Novel For Film Adaptation
    Mid-career novelists seeking representation complain that none of their books have been made into films. At any given moment, we in Los Angeles have literally stacks of novels from New York publishers on our desks. Going through them to find the ones that might make motion pictures or television movies, we—and other producers, managers, and agents—are constantly running into the same problems: This guest post is by writer/editor/literary manager/producer Ken Atchity. Atchity has made hundreds of ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • Jake Bible: Writing In Suburbia #41: You Gotta Do The Work!
    In this week’s episode I make a point of explaining how no matter what your view of the publishing industry is, you still have to do the work on your end. I’ve talked a lot about how there are no shortcuts. Apparently, I need to talk some more. Oh, and I may rant some about […] ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • The Write Practice: How to Write a Song With Jill and Kate
    by Pamela HodgesWhen I was in grade two, I was in a Christmas concert. Just before the concert, I was practicing on stage, with my parents and brother in the audience waiting behind the curtains. My teacher came to me and said, “Mouth the words, Pamela.” I don’t sing. I love listening to singers where I can hear the words, and the words can touch places through sound that words alone can’t do. Meeting ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • Fresh Essays Blog: Best Music to Write Essays to: Focus, Think, Write
    If you’re like most students, writing can be frustrating, especially if you’re tense, stressed, or facing a looming due date for an important essay. The answer to staying focused and tapping into your creative juices may be as nearby as your earbuds: music. A whole body of research suggests that listening to music while you write boost’s your brain’s capacity for spatial-temporal reasoning, which is responsible for creative thinking (and thus, writing). So what ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
  • Dean Wesley Smith: Regaining Focus
    Topic of the Night: Regaining Focus Last night I talked about focus, how times and outside events sometimes cause us to lose focus in our writing. How do you get the focus back on writing besides the simple answer “Slowly?” That answer helps no one, really. So let me give a few ideas on how to regain focus, or at least how I have done it at times. How I have brought back up writing ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 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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Workshop Episode 106 (Guest Host: Mur Lafferty)

Mur Lafferty – author of “The Shambling Guide to New York City”, “Ghost Train to New Orleans”, and so much more ( including “Six Wakes” releasing in January 2017) AND the founder/host of the “I Should Be Writing” podcast – returns to the Big Chair at The Roundtable to brainstorm a tale of transdimensional superheroes.

The tale is offered up by creagous Guest Writer Caine Dorr… A tale of catastrophe and heroism when a Reality Sphere ruptures, contaminating the realities around it, and a renegade reality jumper who must empower the endangered denizens with the power to fight back. Joined once again by the indefatigable Alasdair Stuart, we heroically leap into the storytelling dimensions and emerge draped in Literary Gold! And there’s’ plenty to go around… hit that PLAY button and claim yours!

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20 (more) Minutes with Mur Lafferty

“Mighty” Mur Lafferty – author of “The Shambling Guide to New York City”, “Ghost Train to New Orleans”, and so much more (“Six Wakes”) – has earned her street cred. Through her “I Should Be Writing” podcast, listeners have shared every step of her journey from “aspiring” to “published”, including getting her MFA through Stone Coast and being awarded the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her voice – both physical and literary – is known for it’s honesty, candor, and humor.

I have the singular pleasure of being joined by Alasdair Stuart (host of Pseudopod and Lord Commander of the Nor… er… fearless leader of Escape Artists, Inc.) as my co-host and together, we indulge in 20-esque minutes of writerly discourse with Mur, exploring the distinctions of writing in different genres, her dream projects, dissecting the frog of humor, and more. Your writerly tool box is about to get fuller, gang… just click that “PLAY” button!

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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 106 (Guest Host: Mur Lafferty)

Mur Lafferty – author of “The Shambling Guide to New York City”, “Ghost Train to New Orleans”, and so much more ( including “Six Wakes” releasing in January 2017) AND the founder/host of the “I Should Be Writing” podcast – returns to the Big Chair at The Roundtable to brainstorm a tale of transdimensional superheroes.

The tale is offered up by creagous Guest Writer Caine Dorr… A tale of catastrophe and heroism when a Reality Sphere ruptures, contaminating the realities around it, and a renegade reality jumper who must empower the endangered denizens with the power to fight back. Joined once again by the indefatigable Alasdair Stuart, we heroically leap into the storytelling dimensions and emerge draped in Literary Gold! And there’s’ plenty to go around… hit that PLAY button and claim yours!