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  • Rachel Swirsky: Silly Interview with Cat Rambo Who Plays in the MUD
    Cat Rambo is a Nebula-nominated writer, successful online writing teacher, current president of SFWA, and one of my Clarion West classmates–along with Ann Leckie, who I’m interviewing next week. I’m a great admirer of her short stories (I’ll be publishing some fan art of a few of them in a bit), like this one and this one. Her first novel came out this year, too, in the lovely and well-developed world of Tabat (I… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
  • Cat Rambo: Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers News: SFWA Chat Hour Debuting May 30, 2016, Noon Pacific Time
    In my position as SFWA President, sometimes I have to confer with fictional characters.I talked to some folk about this at the Nebulas, and I finally figured I need to just go ahead and start making it happen. So starting May 30, every two weeks I’ll host a SFWA Chat Hour that will be broadcast live via Google Hangouts. Each session will feature 4-5 SFWA officials, staff, and volunteers, along with the occasional special guest.… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
  • Mercedes Yardley: A Recorded Interview! Woo!
      You guys, I had so much fun on Jackie Chin’s ZOMBIEPALOOZA radio show on Friday! It was a pleasure to talk about Little Dead Red, being a woman in horror, and showing you my ukulele briefly. (I strum it when I’m nervous.)  If you would like to watch, this is part two of the show. You’ll catch Nicole Cushing, John Palisano, and I. I hope you enjoy! To watch the interview, please stop by… ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
  • Cat Rambo: Storybundling the Write Stuff
    I have several maxims that I have developed over the course of my writing career. One of them is, “If Kris Rusch invites you into a project, you say yes.” Because Kris is one of the people who understands independent publishing and its possibilities, and she is a savvy, savvy marketer. When Kris came and asked about including my book Creating an Online Presence in a Storybundle, I was thrilled and also a little panicked,… ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
  • Cavan Scott: Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor #2 out today!
    It’s new comic book day – and issue 2 of Doctor Who The Ninth Doctor hits the stands! Adriana and Mat have hit it out of the park with the art on this one. Just check out this preview of the first few pages… The issue is out now in all good comic stores, and available on Comixology US and UK! ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • Dean Wesley Smith: Store Pictures
    The New WMG Publishing Store Pop Culture Collectables #2 Professional writer J. Steven York stopped by the new store and took some photos. He has all of them on his Facebook page, but he generously gave me permission to show some of them here. He’s such a great photographer I couldn’t pass up the chance. Thanks, Steve! To start off with, the store is three very large rooms, over three thousand square feet. A large… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
  • The Write Practice: How to Study Subtitles to Write Better Dialogue
    by Guest BloggerToday’s guest post is by Andrew J. Stillman. Andrew is a fantasy author, freelance writer, and travel blogger who encourages people to reach for the stars. He can be found making up stories and studying writing at andrewjstillman.com, hired at andrewjwrites.com, or traveling the world at andrewjtravels.com. What if I told you that you can become a better writer and watch your favorite shows and movies at the same time—and all you have to do is… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
  • The Writers Alley: Quality Vs Quantity in Editing
    This is a repeat from a post I did a few years ago... but I've been mulling over the idea of getting feedback and this post was interesting for me to reread.Would love to get your thoughts on how YOU get the best feedback on your writing!************* Getting feedback on our writing is easy these days.From the barrage of writing contests out there to the numerous online critique groups to one-on-one relationships you've formed, the… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
  • Chuck Wendig: Leah Rhyne: Five Things I Learned Writing Heartless
    Jolene Hall is dead – sort of. She can walk, think and talk, but her heart doesn’t beat and her lungs stopped breathing ages ago. After Jo is abducted and subjected to horrific experiments, she wakes up to find her body is a mosaic of jagged wounds and stapled flesh. Jo has a choice: turn herself in to the authorities, or team up with her best friend Lucy and her boyfriend Eli to find… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 26th, 2016
  • WriterUnboxed: Behaving Badly in Publishing
    http://sharronjamison.com/I’m going to rant a little today, I’m afraid. It’s a post that I had to write, both because I care about my work “environment”, and I care about my colleagues. I’m talking about internet road rage. You know, the cyberplace where you don’t have to face the music in person so you act out in ways that are ugly, hurtful, and sometimes, disgusting? I’m talking about that volatile “place” that demonstrates our fundamental breakdown… ... read more
    Published on Thursday, May 26th, 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 101 (Guest Host: Tim Waggoner)

Tim Waggoner – author of “The Winter Box”, “Darkness Wakes” and more – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend his considerable workshopping mojo to a take of demonic possession, betrayl, and manipulation.

The tale is offered up by Guest Writer Kaitlin Nichols (who writes as Kaitlin R. Branch), the story of a woman and a demon trapped in a cycle or torment for centuries and a desperate bid for freedom gone horribly wrong. Samantha Murphy returns as my co-host, and together the four of us rock and epic brainstorm, blazing a trail down numerous character arcs and narrative paths, ALL of them strewn liberally with Literary Gold. There’s plenty with which to fill your pockets… just click that “PLAY” button and join us!

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20 Minutes with Tim Waggoner

Tim Waggoner’s writing spans genres, demographics, and even licensed properties. His experience both as a writer and as a professor of popular literature and creative writing give him a deep understanding of the craft… and yet his vision of that craft and it’s execution is elegantly simple.

Joined by Samantha Murphy as my co-host, we engage in 20-ish minutes of writerly discourse exploring tactics for developing your craft, writing short and long fiction, character development, and more. It’s a facinating exploration of the writerly arts (as always), and it’s all yours… 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 101 (Guest Host: Tim Waggoner)

Tim Waggoner – author of “The Winter Box”, “Darkness Wakes” and more – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend his considerable workshopping mojo to a take of demonic possession, betrayl, and manipulation.

The tale is offered up by Guest Writer Kaitlin Nichols (who writes as Kaitlin R. Branch), the story of a woman and a demon trapped in a cycle or torment for centuries and a desperate bid for freedom gone horribly wrong. Samantha Murphy returns as my co-host, and together the four of us rock and epic brainstorm, blazing a trail down numerous character arcs and narrative paths, ALL of them strewn liberally with Literary Gold. There’s plenty with which to fill your pockets… just click that “PLAY” button and join us!