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  • John Mierau: Free serialized audio adventure: THE ROAD TO WAR
    ‘The Road to War’ has blasted into the podcast world with a 3-episode launch. All-new characters introduce you to an all-new world in this fun, fast-paced adventure filled with memorable characters, humor and intrigue. Subscribe below to receive new episodes FREE twice a month. The Road to War is ONLY available as a podcast, unlike […] ... read more
    Published on Thursday, July 21st, 2016
  • Hugh Howey: Art, Science, and the Future of Work
    Almost all technological and scientific progress is inevitable. New discoveries become possible due to the foundation of prior discoveries (and technologies). New technologies becomes possible due to the foundation of prior technologies (and discoveries). Both theory and experiment seem to find a time in which to emerge. They are buried things, and our thinking and tinkering erode the ground obscuring them. Kevin Kelly No one laid this out better than Kevin Kelly did in his excellent ... read more
    Published on Thursday, July 21st, 2016
  • Brad Beaulieu: Subscribe to the Quillings Newsletter!
    The Quillings Newsletter is a low-volume (about one email per month) mailing with information about my fiction, upcoming events, and special deals for subscribers only. The newsletter is administered by MailChimp, and you can unsubscribe at any time. As a thank you to my subscribers, I’ll send you a free Lays of Anuskaya story when you sign up. If interested, simply click this link, fill out the details, and click subscribe! ... read more
    Published on Thursday, July 21st, 2016
  • Mary Robinette Kowal: My Favorite Bit: Uncanny Magazine Year Three Kickstarter — The Space Unicorn Flies Again!
    Michi Trota is joining us today to talk about the Uncanny Magazine Year Three Kickstarter. About the Kickstarter: Over the last two years, three-time Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas & four-time Hugo Award finalist Michael Damian Thomas ran the Uncanny MagazineYear One and Year Two Kickstarters. We promised to bring you stunning cover art, passionate science fiction and fantasy fiction and poetry, gorgeous prose, and provocative nonfiction by writers from every conceivable background. Not ... read more
    Published on Thursday, July 21st, 2016
  • Tobias Buckell: Useful Tools: Fitbit Blaze sports watch and steps tracker
    On Friday, facing a lot of work needing done yet on a rewrite and the house being a bit topsy-turvy with a remodel, summer-time kids running in and out, and a fragile ability to concentrate being a pseudo hallmark of being ADHD, I decamped for a hotel in Columbus to lock myself into a room until the novel I was rewriting was officially over. Just a couple weeks earlier I’d traveled out to Indy Popcon, ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • Writers Write: German Author is Amazon’s First Literary Author to Sell More Than a Million Books
    German author Oliver Potzsch has now sold more than one million books world wide. He is published by Amazon's literary imprint. Read more on writerswrite.com ... read more
    Published on Friday, July 22nd, 2016
  • Jake Bible: Friday Night Drabble Party!
    Hello! It’s been a while since the last FNDP, I know, but I was on vacation, so deal with it. DEAL WITH IT! Yep, got to head to the West Coast and show the teenagers the beauty that is the Pacific Ocean. How I have missed that dramatic land. But, now I’m back in good […] ... read more
    Published on Friday, July 22nd, 2016
  • The Write Practice: Book Deadline Challenge: Week 3 Update
    by Joe BuntingThree weeks ago, I accepted a challenge to finish my book by September 2, and if I miss my deadline, I have to give $1,000 to the presidential candidate I despise. More on the challenge and other productivity hacks for writers here. I’m three weeks into the challenge, and I’ve finished nine chapters so far for a total of 42,721 words. It wasn’t hard to finish nine chapters, since I started the challenge with a little less than ... read more
    Published on Friday, July 22nd, 2016
  • WritersDigest: Get Your First 10 Pages Critiqued by an Agent — Next Agent One-on-One Boot Camp Starts August 18, 2016
    As many writers know, agents and editors won’t give your work more than ten pages or so to make an impact. If you haven’t got them hooked by then, it’s a safe bet you won’t be asked for more material. Make sure you’ve got the kind of opening they’re looking for! In this invaluable weekend event, you’ll get to work with an agent online to review and refine the first ten pages of your novel. ... read more
    Published on Friday, July 22nd, 2016
  • Grammar Girl: 'Inflammable' Means 'Flammable'
    Many people mistakenly thought that inflammable meant “resistant to burning,” which it doesn’t. The -in Prefix Has Multiple Meanings The in- prefix usually has a negative meaning, as in indelible which means “can’t be deleted” and indefinite, which means “not defined.”  But the in- prefix has another use too: It can act as an intensifier. That’s what it’s doing in words such as intoxicate and indent—it’s just intensifying toxicate and dent—and that’s what it’s doing ... read more
    Published on Friday, July 22nd, 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 104 (Guest Host: Fran Wilde)

Fran Wild – author of Updraft, The Jewel and Her Lapidary and more – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to apply her fabulous storytelling mojo towards brainstorming a tale of our our world where ghosts are real and everyone knows it.

The tale is offered up by Guest Writer Jen Dawson, a poignant story a “ghost seer” contending with the challenges of her gift, her sexuality, and the perceptions of a culture that continues to struggle with (or against) both. Marie Bilodeau returns as Co-Host and together we work our way through the rich tapestry of characters and story woven by Jen’s story, tucking in some threads of Literary Gold along the way.

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20 Minutes with Fran Wilde

In a very short amount of time, Fran Wilde has done many marvelous things – including crafting marvelous stories like Updraft and The Jewel and her Lapidary. But she has also explored the realms of technology, explored art and a broad spectrum of diverse disciplines, crafts, and exotic pursuits. These explorations give her a unique perspective, both on the world and the writerly arts.

Joined by the fabulous Marie Bilodeau as co-host, we wax rhapsodic with Fran, exploring the value of critiquing both in a writing group and as writer, the way stories start, the merits of curiosity and more. It’s a conversation fraught with writerly goodness… click the “PLAY” button and let the fabulousity commence! (and join us on July 19 for Fran’s equally awesome Workshop Episode!)

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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 104 (Guest Host: Fran Wilde)

Fran Wild – author of Updraft, The Jewel and Her Lapidary and more – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to apply her fabulous storytelling mojo towards brainstorming a tale of our our world where ghosts are real and everyone knows it.

The tale is offered up by Guest Writer Jen Dawson, a poignant story a “ghost seer” contending with the challenges of her gift, her sexuality, and the perceptions of a culture that continues to struggle with (or against) both. Marie Bilodeau returns as Co-Host and together we work our way through the rich tapestry of characters and story woven by Jen’s story, tucking in some threads of Literary Gold along the way.