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On Writing Your Passions with Joanna Hathaway – Writescast 076

Fresh off the release of STORM FROM THE EAST, book two in her GLASS ALLIANCE series, author Joanna Hathaway discusses how leaning into writing her passions led her to publication.

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On Writing

Adventure Indoors and Out

Sometimes inspiration comes not from doing, but being. "Imagine a forest. Can you see it?" “Yes, oh yes. Trees as far as the eye can see. Trunks so thick they can’t be hugged. Fruits so splendid, you’d never long to taste another. A forest of unmatched bounty. A forest for all.” “That is a forest,… Continue reading Adventure Indoors and Out

Writing Romance – Novel Approaches 023

It need not be Valentine's Day to talk writing romance; it just worked out that way this time! In this episode, guest co-host Sarah Smith and r.r. campbell take on the challenges of writing romance with either a capital or lower-case R. Topics discussed include favorite romance tropes, how to tease a budding romance, writing sex scenes, consent, and general characterization.

Poetry, Prose, and Voice in the Void – Biblio Breakdown 004

Our manuscripts are more than words. They live and die by the feel of their prose, by the rhythm and texture of the page. In this episode, r.r. campbell deconstructs the first pages of a number of popular books in order to explore the phenomenon that is voice. Along the way, he proposes writing exercises that creatives everywhere can use to better understand their voices, their stories, and themselves.

Tropes and Clichés – Novel Approaches 022

In the first installment of Novel Approaches during Roaring Twenties, Part Two: Electric Boogaloo, guest co-host Maggie Derrick and r.r. campbell explore what tropes and clichés are, the role genre plays in determining whether they're fulfilling or unflattering, and the importance of working with editors and sensitivity readers.

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Come Find Me in 2020!

It may only be January, but you better believe I've got a number of events already lined up for this new year. So when and where will you be able to find me in person? So far, these are my confirmed appearance dates with links to the events in question. University of Wisconsin Writers' Institute… Continue reading Come Find Me in 2020!

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When The Stars Conspire

This manuscript has been through countless drafts, through innumerable shifts in emphasis, POV, genre. But today, after the most substantial rewrite yet, I can say it's closer than ever to being exactly where it needs to be. What started as a capital-R romance on a cranberry farm in northern Wisconsin has become more sure of… Continue reading When The Stars Conspire

On Writing

A Death Unlike Any Other

Somewhere in an empty office sits an empty chair. This chair was filled once, was party to a purpose only one person could realize. Like many of us, this person was a writer, but to so many, she was much, much more. An inspiration. A community leader. A mother. A wife. This writer was one… Continue reading A Death Unlike Any Other