RPLA Showcase: Jackie Minniti

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase 2016 Published Middle-Grade Fiction Jacqueline by Jackie Minniti In Jacqueline, a tale based on a true story, family, faith, unusual friendships, and the resiliency of the human spirit are set against the backdrop of occupied France in 1944. At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Jackie Minniti won First Place in the Published Middle-Grade Fiction category. Each year at the RPLA Banquet, authors experience the joy of earning accolades for all the hard work that … Read More »

It’s Official! Come See Who Made the Finals in the 2017 RPLA

Drum roll! The scores are in, and the finalists have been named for the 2017 Royal Palm Literary Awards competition. RPLA is a service of the Florida Writers Association established to recognize excellent in members’ published and unpublished works while providing objective and constructive written assessments for all entrants. More than 40 genre-categories are recognized, including youth (youth winners’ announcements are separate). The categories cross the broad areas of fiction and nonfiction—short works and book-length, as well as poetry, plays, … Read More »

What Should Writers Blog About?

Last month, I encouraged everyone to start a blog as a way to show fans and friends some of the things you’ve been up to. With a blog, you can tell them anything you want, whether it’s your latest writing adventures, information about your stories and the worlds you’re creating, or even information about writing and publishing. Your blog is an excellent way to share information with people, especially if you like to keep your social networks smaller and more … Read More »

RPLA Showcase: Mary T. Wagner

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Welcome to the RPLA Showcase Most First Place Awards Received: Mary T. Wagner At the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Banquet, author Mary T. Wagner not only won First Place in the Unpublished Chapter Book category, but she also won First Place in the Published Creative Non-Fiction category, making her the author who won the most First Place Awards for multiple entries. 2016 Unpublished Chapter Book Finnigan the Circus Cat by Mary T. Wagner In Finnigan the Circus Cat, Finnigan is … Read More »

The Writing Life: A License to Eavesdrop

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We all eavesdrop a little, but for the most part Americans in general are told to mind their own business. As writers, we teach ourselves to block out distraction and my spouse swears that I, for one, can write through most commotion that doesn’t involve gunshots or open fractures. But when not actively writing, I eavesdrop everywhere. Eavesdropping can give you unique or catchy character names (Belson Garcia), occupations you hadn’t considered for the funny little character you don’t have … Read More »

What’s in a Name?

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How do you decide on a name for the fictional characters you write about? I thought about my own process of choosing names – it varies, and it’s complicated. I might search for a name by thumbing through an old phone book (a good reason to keep the one they throw at the end of the driveway) to find interesting combinations. I don’t use one complete directory listing (first and last name) in case that character gets into trouble and … Read More »

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