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  • Mary Robinette Kowal: My Favorite Bit: D. Lieber talks about CONJURING ZEPHYR
    D. Lieber is joining us today with her novel Conjuring Zephyr. Here’s the publisher’s description: Retreating underground to escape a devastating ice age, humans build a new society. When magic is discovered and harnessed for survival, the citizens of Terrenus establish theories and principles of how to use it. Kai Stephenson is determined to prove magical principles aren’t set in stone. Having lost her younger brother in a tragic accident, she will ensure such accidents never ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2016
  • Cavan Scott: Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space – The Steal is out today
    The latest instalments of Star Wars: Adventures in Wild Space are out today, with new books by me and Tom Huddleston. First up is The Steal by yours truly which sees Milo and Lina attempt a daring heist. When the parents of Milo and Lina Graf are abducted by agents of the evil Empire, the children must undertake a perilous journey across the unknown reaches of Wild Space to rescue them – and to discover hope for ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2016
  • Karen Healey: Foreshadowing
    This has not been a great week. On Monday, I was very sensible. Self, I said, you have parent-teacher conferences on Tuesday night. The chances of you cooking anything at all that evening are minute. Cook your two meal dinner on Tuesday instead of Monday, and then you can eat delicious leftovers instead of a bag of chips, two apples, and half a pack of breath mints from your handbag. Self, I replied, you’re very ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
  • Lou Anders: Thurber House: Day Ten
    Today began with two back to back sessions of the writing camp at the Thurber Center next door. I taught two groups of approximately forty students total.I created a special presentation when I got to Columbus that lasts an hour. The first fifteen minutes are about my Thrones & Bones books, then I spend forty-five minutes teaching a writing workshop. This is a super-condensed version of my ScripTips presentation, broken into three fifteen minute parts ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
  • Cavan Scott: Doctor Who Ninth Doctor #3 out today
    Happy Comic Book Day! Issue three of the Ninth Doctor hits today and has already collected its first 10/10 review. Check out Adriana and Mat’s amazing work on the opening pages… Doctormania wraps up in this issue, while the cliffhanger pushes us straight into our second story arc – The Transformed – with the return of a familiar face. Find out what happens next by picking up issue 3 in all good comic shops and ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

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  • Chuck Wendig: Quickly! To The Newsmobile!
    NEWSBITS INCOMING. *klaxons sound* 1.) You will discover that Atlanta Burns, my very trigger-warningy YA about a teenage detective-slash-vigilante, is on sale for your Kindlemachine today at $1.99. 2.) You may further discover that the sequel to that book, Atlanta Burns: The Huntalso happens to be a wee $1.99 for your Kindlemachine today. (Also: trigger warning.) 3.) If you ever wanted to read a Bucky Barnes Winter Soldier story written by me, drawn by Juanan ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2016
  • The Write Practice: Spring Contest Winner: Run
    by Guest Blogger We’re very proud to publish this story by Maia D. Thomlinson, which won the grand prize of $300 in the 2016 Spring Writing Contest with wordhaus literary magazine. A storyteller from birth, Maia is a poet, circus artist, and lover of language. She enjoys listening to people’s stories, to uncover their stain glass window and then share it for all the world to see. She lives in a city in the middle ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2016
  • Chuck Wendig: Emmie Mears: My Identity Is Political
    Emmie Mears is the the author of the Ayala Storme series, the first book being Storm in a Teacup. She had a post she really wanted to write about Pride and being a political entity and also being an artist, and I’m glad to host her here.  * * * Before: I am small and squalling. They pronounce me Baby Girl. There is a binary and I am on it, like a chubby, black-haired, ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2016
  • Dean Wesley Smith: What Does It Take to Be a Full Time Writer?
    What Does It Take To Be A Full Time Writer? I’ll talk about that question below. ——- The Day Meetings from 1:30 until around 5:30 at WMG offices. I also got my long-awaited three volumes of Smith’s Monthly paper editions into the office. (Delayed at the printer.) They will be going out to subscribers together in a day or so, as soon as we get them all packed up.  Wonderful fun to see all three issues ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 30th, 2016
  • WriterUnboxed: Track Your Word Count and Progress with Scrivener
    2016 has been a busy year. My youngest son graduated from high school, my husband retired from the Air Force, family flew in for the big events, and we recently moved from Boston to Sacramento. By recently, I mean we drove into town on Sunday, and I’m writing this blog post from a hotel room. This is pretty much the only writing I’ve done since May, but now that we’re waiting to close on a house, I finally have time to get back to my book. (Yay!) Which ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 30th, 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 103 (Guest Host: Clint Gaige)

Clint Gaige – storyteller, film maker, and general badass – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend his mojo with visual narratives to a story… no wait, excuse me… a SCRIPT brainstorm of a horror film exploring what happens when our children (ALL our children) turn on us.

The script concept is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Matteo Marsiello, a tale of what happens in a suburban Midwest town when the children go on a murder spree targeting the adults. Marie Bilodeau returns to take the co-host chair and together we enter the dark horrifying world of Matteo’s vision, exploring character arcs and thematic nuances, jumping and shadows and unearthing a treasure trove of Literary Gold. It’s yours for the taking if you DARE… to push that “PLAY” button!

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20 Minutes with Clint Gaige

Clint Gaige tells stories with light and sound. He’s a film maker with dozens of titles gracing screens (silver and digital) around the world and a life time of experience in the world of media storytelling. His “Shotgun Mythos” series has been picked up by several television stations, his latest endeavor – “A Clean Exit” (from Growth Media Productions) – is making the festival circuit now, and he’s far from finished. His insights into the process of storytelling for film transcend media, opening new perspectives for artists of all disciplines.

Joined by the remarkable Marie Bilodeau – author of the Nigh series, as well as “Hellmaw: Eye of Glass”, and more – we indulge in a exceptional 20(ish) Minutes of writerly discourse with Clint, exploring the considerations for storytelling in film, the value of doing it and the bane of “perfection”, the keys to successful collaboration, and more. Writerly inspiration awaits you, dear friends… 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 103 (Guest Host: Clint Gaige)

Clint Gaige – storyteller, film maker, and general badass – returns to the Big Chair at the Roundtable to lend his mojo with visual narratives to a story… no wait, excuse me… a SCRIPT brainstorm of a horror film exploring what happens when our children (ALL our children) turn on us.

The script concept is offered up by creageous Guest Writer Matteo Marsiello, a tale of what happens in a suburban Midwest town when the children go on a murder spree targeting the adults. Marie Bilodeau returns to take the co-host chair and together we enter the dark horrifying world of Matteo’s vision, exploring character arcs and thematic nuances, jumping and shadows and unearthing a treasure trove of Literary Gold. It’s yours for the taking if you DARE… to push that “PLAY” button!