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  • Gail Carriger - Cover Art & Its Purpose in Life
    Hello, Gentle Reader! I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about cover art recently. It came up unexpectedly (for me) on a podcast interview over on SF & F Marketing. I’ve also been embroiled in the back-and-forth of creating the cover for Secret Project SAS (which is also the start of a new series and a new identity as G.L. Carriger so it needs to be LOTS OF THINGS) and then re-doing Marine Biology to match. More ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 20th, 2017
  • Tobias Buckell - Game of Thrones as an allegory for climate change
    I’ve been mulling this over in relation to a short story idea. I was recently approached to write a climate change short story for an anthology coming out early next year. While doing short story idea generation session I scribbled down the question “how does one create an allegory, a fairy tale, for climate change, that grapples with the lack of human political structure’s ability to deal with a slow-moving, future threat that is of ... read more
    Published on Monday, March 20th, 2017
  • Maurice Broaddus - Claim the Throne Photo
    I haven’t made a big deal out of this, but I wanted to at least share this pic. For context, I’m slated to receive a community award at the Claim the Throne event. “Claim the Throne is aimed at recognizing and celebrating the lives and achievements of men who have and are playing pivotal roles in the building and uplifting of the people and communities that we live in…With this knowledge, we will celebrate ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 19th, 2017
  • Tim Pratt - The Wrong Stars drafted
    Late last year and so far this year my major project has been writing The Wrong Stars, a space opera adventure coming out from Angry Robot this November. You can read the announcement about it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sci-fi-fantasy/announcing-wrong-stars-new-hard-sci-fi-novel-tim-pratt/ Yesterday I finished drafting it. I think it came out well. In the next couple of weeks I’ll revise it and then turn it in and see what my editor thinks. I’ve written about 90,000 words this year (not ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 19th, 2017
  • Michael Sullivan - Age of Myth: Kindle Deal of the Day on sale for $1.99
    Today, Amazon has selected a number of best-selling books to put on sale, and Agee of Myth is one of them. It's just $1.99 rather than $9.99 so that's a savings of 80%!  This is the first time this book has been discounted and with Age of Swords coming out in just a few months, it's a great time to get started with the series. If you already own Age of Swords, please consider telling ... read more
    Published on Sunday, March 19th, 2017
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FOR THE WRITER…

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  • WritersDigest - 2017 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines
    It’s that again–time to start prepping for the 10th annual April PAD Challenge. That’s right! How we’ve done it has changed, but one thing is for certain: We’ve been poeming daily in April for 10 years! In a little over a week, we’ll start meeting here every day to poem like it’s (Inter)National Poetry Month. Poets from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
  • Live Write Thrive - 3 Surefire Ways to Validate Your Book Idea So It Will Sell
    Today’s guest post is by Dave Chesson. I can remember the first time I self-published a book. I finished writing, spent hundreds of dollars getting it ready, and then hit Publish. But . . . nothing happened. Sales were dismal. It turns out, there was no one on Amazon looking for my book, and my book-marketing skills weren’t good enough at the time to find the market and bring people to it on Amazon. I ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
  • The Creative Penn - Can Changing Your Book Covers Really Help You Sell More Books?
    One of the best things about being an indie author is the ability to change things over time.  It’s important because no one starts out with all the answers, and we all figure who we are and what our books mean along the author journey. I retitled and re-covered my first three books, and I’ve changed the covers on Desecration and Risen Gods along the way too. I wrote my first two novels under Joanna ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
  • The Write Conversation - Ratchet Up the Tension By Making Your Hero’s Life Difficult
    by Henry McLaughlin @RiverBend SagasToday, let’s explore the question: How can I make it worse for my hero?Bring In a GunMickey Spillane is credited with saying, “When your plot gets stuck, have someone come in with a gun.”Why? Because the gun, no matter what the situation, makes things worse.It doesn’t have to be a physical gun. It can be anything. Your heroine is exploring a strange house and the lights go out. Your hero gets in ... read more
    Published on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017
  • Jennifer Blanchard - Don’t Compromise Your Dreams Just Because You Don’t Know the “How”
    If someone asked you, “what’s your BIG writing dream?” what would you say to them? Would you tell them about your actual BIG writing dream? Or would you dim it down with some compromised version, because you have no idea how you’d ever make that happen and you don’t want the person who asked you […] The post Don’t Compromise Your Dreams Just Because You Don’t Know the “How” appeared first on Jennifer Blanchard. ... read more
    Published on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017
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Thoughts and Inspirations - RTP Blog Posts

Ideas and Inspiration
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-More than one of them cried out in pain, “This is impossible, my brain hurts!”- Write what you know. Really?  Do I have to? It’s because of these four,…

Ideas and Inspiration
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Fear is the great un-balancer.  It distorts and narrows our awareness until we can only see what’s directly in front of us, whether it’s the blank page, or that query…

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“…though we often soliloquize about writing being a solitary existence with coveted ideas held closer to the chest than Bluebeard’s key to his chamber of torture and death, writing should…

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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!