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  • Mercedes Yardley - Alice Is A Lush
    We know why she saw what she did in Wonderland. Look at the size of her bottle! ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • Cavan Scott - Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #12 out now
    Happy New Comic Day! Doctor Who: Ninth Doctor #12 is out today, wrapping up our two-part Sin-Eaters arc. The story so far: The Doctor has been imprisoned in a facility at the heart of a time maelstrom, locked up for the murder of Tara Mishra. But this is no ordinary facility, and on arriving to break the Doctor out, Rose discovers that the inmates are being ‘cured’ by Sin-Eaters – creatures that absorb all dark ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • Cecilia Tan - Art Within Context and Why “Universal” is Literary Code for “White/Mainstream”
    I went down a bit of a rabbit hole yesterday when I dug into — don’t laugh — my archive of grad school poetry. Well, okay, laugh. I was so chipper and naive and the poems are so earnest and trying so hard. They’re better than my junior high poetry but only in certain light. Some of them are actually good. Or they would be if they had been able to live and breathe within ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Maurice Broaddus - FREE READ: At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia)
    Up on the Mothership Zeta site is one of my favorite stories, At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia). As they say, to use a phrase in the text below, this story is “straight up blackity-black,” indicative of Maurice Broaddus’s singular voice. If you’re not already a fan of Afrofuturism, this will hook you. At the Village Vanguard (Ruminations on Blacktopia) by Maurice Broaddus   In this, the 25th anniversary of the founding of the ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
  • Seth Harwood - The Maltese Jordans / Patreon Q&A – Hangout
    I’m going forward with the online live session tomorrow night to answer questions, talk about why I’m doing Patreon, what this means, and get all the necessary details for you on THE MALTESE JORDANS. Mainly, I want to get in touch and say hey. If you’d like to join, please use the following link and come out tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26th starting at 8:30 Eastern. We’ll wrap up around 9:00. If you’re on the Pacific ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • Jane Friedman - How to Optimize Your Amazon Author Central Pages (Don’t Forget the International Pages)
    Today’s guest post is by Penny Sansevieri (@bookgal), CEO and founder of Author Marketing Experts. She recently released 5-Minute Book Marketing for Authors, from which this post is adapted. Most authors have learned by now that it’s critical to have a great Amazon book description and metadata. But incredibly often, authors don’t take the time to also leverage their Amazon Author Central Page as a sales tool. And it could hurt your sales, especially as you ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • Live Write Thrive - Crafting Opening Novel Scenes That Pack a Punch
    Today’s guest post is by Jennifer Locke. Novel beginnings are tough. The writer faced with a blank document must ask herself question upon question. How do I include relevant information regarding time and place without front-loading a lot of backstory? Which key details will set the scene in the reader’s mind? How can I jump right into the action, without leaving my readers completely lost, unmoored from the specifics of story? We’ve heard all the ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • WritersDigest - 2017 April PAD Challenge: Day 27
    Today is Poem in Your Pocket Day; so carry around a poem in your pocket today. Or roll like me and carry a poem in your pocket every day. For today’s prompt, use at least 3 of the following 6 words in your poem (using a word or two in your title is fine); for extra credit, try using all 6: pest crack ramble hiccup wince festoon ***** Re-create Your Poetry! Revision doesn’t have to ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - Truth Through Story
    by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBendSagasDid you ever wonder why Jesus used parables so often to convey the basic truths he had come to teach? Stories like the faithful servant and the farmer sowing in different kinds of soil.Have you ever read a novel where the author’s agenda was so blatant the story suffered?Christian fiction is notorious is some circles for beating the reader over the head with a salvation message. The characters and the plot are mere ... read more
    Published on Thursday, April 27th, 2017
  • Jennifer Blanchard - The Thing that So Many Authors Forget
    When it comes to marketing and growing your author brand, there’s something really, really important that you need to keep in mind. It’s something that I think a lot of writers and authors forget. And that is…   An author brand is a personal brand.   Your author brand is not like having a name […] The post The Thing that So Many Authors Forget appeared first on Jennifer Blanchard. ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, April 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!