The Writing Life: Writer’s Block

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When writing is something we make time for, the phenomena known as “writer’s block” can be frustrating. Writer’s block is when we sit down to write, look at the white space following the last line we wrote and blank out. Having an outline or synopsis or idea of where we’re going with the work is no guarantee against writer’s block. We all hit that moment when our brains and fingers simply stop and we can’t find the next word or … Read More »

A Lesson from Writing Nonfiction

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I’ve been a writer for nearly all my adult life. Chemistry texts, books on metaphor in science, the authority of science in society, human influences on global climate, how to create conditions that promote effective interdisciplinary research. Of late, I’ve been writing fiction, and I’ve found myself in different territory. Much could be said about the distinctions between fiction and nonfiction. I’m fascinated, though, by something they have in common: the role of story. In fiction, story is everything. Great … Read More »

Literary and Scary

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The cool October embraces, and most of us—if we’re being honest—are drawn to the scary things as Halloween looms. Stories of darkness and horror whisper to us, in movies, television, graphic arts, and literature. Lovers of the literary, do not despair! Chills and frights are not all about slashers and gore. Illustrious writers from Shakespeare to Faulkner to Levin have dabbled in the macabre. It’s okay to be scared. But we don’t turn to the great authors for buckets of … Read More »

2017 Royal Palm Literary Award Winners Announced

Huge congratulations to the 2017 winners of the Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition! This year RPLA accepted entries in 26 adult and 15 youth genre-categories, with published and unpublished works considered separately. In addition to the individual genre awards, grand prizes were conferred for Published Book of the Year, Unpublished Book of the Year, and Best Children’s Book. Great job, all! Download the lists of winners: 2017 Adult RPLA Winners 2017 Youth RPLA Winners  

RPLA Showcase: Aimee Taylor

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Flash Fiction The Choice by Aimee Taylor In The Choice, the bad choice has already been made, but now teenage mother Bella Warren is faced with a decision that will echo into eternity. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Aimee Taylor won First Place in the Unpublished Flash Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that is often done … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Robert Hart

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Unpublished Short Story Spears and Promises by Robert Hart In Spears and Promises, tragedy and understanding emerge during the cultural clash between a white undergraduate from southern Africa and a post-graduate African MD forced to room together in Ireland during the colonial era. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Robert Hart won First Place in the Unpublished Short Story category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades … Read More »

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