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  • Mur Lafferty - ISBW #378: Preparations
    One day late, nearly back on schedule! I’ve decided I need some simple lists to help me when I travel and record, and figure those kinds of lists might help with writing, too. Next week, Ditch Diggers! Affiliate Links: The post ISBW #378: Preparations appeared first on The Murverse Annex. ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • Mary Robinette Kowal - My Favorite Bit: Curtis C. Chen talks about KANGAROO TOO
    Curtis C. Chen is joining us today to talk about his novel Kangaroo Too. Here’s the publisher’s description: Set in the same world as Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis C. Chen’s Kangaroo Too is bursting with adrenaline and intrigue in this unique outer space adventure. On the way home from his latest mission, secret agent Kangaroo’s spacecraft is wrecked by a rogue mining robot. The agency tracks the bot back to the Moon, where a retired asteroid miner?code named “Clementine” ?might ... read more
    Published on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
  • K.C. Wayland - Protected: The Types of Audio Dramas
    This content is password protected. To view it please enter your password below: Password: The post Protected: The Types of Audio Dramas appeared first on Kc Wayland. ... read more
    Published on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Cherie Priest - Leaving Rosebury
    There’s a long way to explain, and a short way to explain. I’ll start with the latter: We have sold our house, and are making preparations to move back to Seattle. To flesh the matter out a bit further, let us just say that it’s been a while coming. The reasons are many and varied – but largely due to my husband’s job, which has been flying him back and forth to/from the West ... read more
    Published on Monday, June 26th, 2017
  • Cecilia Tan - Coming Out as a Slytherin
    Ars Technica published an article by me on Pride Day (yesterday, traditionally the last Sunday in June) entitled “Coming Out as a Slytherin.” In the article I detail how there have been a series of “closets” whose doors I have had to kick down, from coming out as bisexual in the 1980s, to coming out as a pro who also wrote fanfic in the 2000s, to, eventually, realizing I had to come out ... read more
    Published on Monday, June 26th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • The Writers Alley - The Wall
    My one year anniversary of working on staff at my church is coming up in a couple weeks. As an adult ministry associate, for the most part I have thoroughly explored some pretty solid research in discipleship. Mostly, we have discussed the stages of faith that a disciple walks through to grow in their faith, in their community, and intimately with God. While I won't go into detail all this involves, something has resonated with ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 29th, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - Query Letter Writing: A List of Dos & Don’ts
    By Mark Gottlieb @Mark_GottliebAs a literary agent in major trade publishing at the Trident Media Groupliterary agency, I often have to explain the elements of a good query letter to new clients. This post is intended as a description of what goes into a good query letter, for new authors unfamiliar with what literary agents and editors are looking for in a query letter intended the book-publishing world.For a writer who might be currently querying literary ... read more
    Published on Thursday, June 29th, 2017
  • NaNoWriMo Every Month - Questions 307: Connected Short Stories
    Subscribe Here! Herb  asks: “How viable is it to write many short stories in a common setting, with the goal of publish them as a collection?” Resources Mentioned:The Black Mirror (tv series) The Lombard Alchemist Tales:At The Edge of NowhereChicken Noodle GravitySunday Morning Giraffe The Empty HouseFuneral HatsPick a CardThe Serpent and The Satchel ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
  • WritersDigest - Fearless Querying: Learning to Love the Query Letter
    I fell in love with The Beatles when I was a boy. I loved every song on every album, except one song—Paperback Writer. Mind you, it was driven by a great guitar riff and was toe-tappingly catchy, but the lyrics were too painful for my eight-year-old heart to bear. If you’re unfamiliar, the entire song is a letter to a publishing house asking—no begging—a “Sir or Madame” to read this aspiring author’s book. Though I ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017
  • WritersDigest - The Trick to Winning Big Literary Prizes
    This month, many of the best contemporary books are going to receive prizes and plaudits in some of Britain and Europe’s top literary awards and ceremonies. The first of these took place on 8 May, with the announcement of winning entrants in the 2017 British Book of the Year Awards, where the Fiction Book of the Year category went to Sarah Perry for her work The Essex Serpent. Following this award, both the People’s ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, June 28th, 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!