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Remaining Determined
Defend your mind with steadfast positive attitude, awareness and
sharpen it with ever-growing knowledge and experiences. Be determined
and maintain your indomitable will and unbreakable spirit towards your
goals for victories. - Bushido Code This last Su...

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The Role of Discipline in Writing and Martial Arts
"Discipline is the triumph of wisdom over desire."--Unknown There is a common question in the martial arts, "How long does it take
a normal person to reach Black Belt?" The answer is, "Normal people
don't reach Black Belt." This question can be just as easi...

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Why Ghost Owl Samurai?
Before diving into the spirit and the codes of a warrior, let me be
very clear that there is a historical and modern difference between most
warriors and the idealism of what it means to be a warrior. If all warriors
followed the codes, there never would ha...

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Octavia E. Butler and Her Rules of Writing
Link to this episode: http://tinyurl.com/gqnkzsz
In this episode, the Write Pack celebrates the life of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler and explores her rules of writing. We also explores Write Pack Radio’s rule number 2 of writing.
Octavia E. Butler (June 22, 1947 – February 24, 2006) was an American science fiction writer. A multiple-recipient of both the Hugo and Nebula awards, Butler was one of the best-known women in the field. In 1995, she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, which is nicknamed the "Genius Grant".--Wikipedia
• What are hooks?
• What are key mistakes that writers make?
• Who was Octavia Butler? 
• Why is habit and persistence so critical?
• What are the other rules or thoughts that came from a powerful author who was determined to write in a field she was told “women couldn’t write in”?
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When Authors Kill: Our Fascination with Murder
Link to this episode: http://tinyurl.com/z6v3tvv 
In this episode, the Write Pack explores our fascination with murder and authors kill off characters.
• Why are we fascinated with the act of murder?
• Explores murder in mythology and theology.
• Why is murder more fascinating to explore in fiction than theft or other crimes?
• What is murder porn?
• What does murder do in fiction, what is it really an exploration of?
• What about self-sacrifice? 
• How does murder/death carry weight in your story?
• How you kill characters is important—why?
• What does it mean to fridge a character?
• What death in a story about war?
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What All Characters Need
Link to this episode: http://tinyurl.com/hp89q6a 
In this episode, the Write Pack has a wake for Dame Agatha Christie and explores All characters need and your protagonist MUST 
• Have an inner goal beyond mere desire--something they must have to feel complete--an itch they keep trying to scratch--but can’t quite reach--but make progress toward during the course of the book
• Be riveting-no matter how many evil acts a character might commit, he or she must be lovable enough to make the reader care or compelling enough that readers will continue reading out of pure fascination
• Be believable--have flaws we recognize as human--hold opinions, face problems and challenges common to people so we can identify with the character
• Want something in every scene
• Stand tests of character--weather obstacles in their way and endure pain and grief without losing humanity
• Have an inner goal beyond mere desire--something they must have to feel complete--an itch they keep trying to scratch--but can’t quite reach--but make progress toward during the course of the book
• Be riveting-no matter how many evil acts a character might commit, he or she must be lovable enough to make the reader care or compelling enough that readers will continue reading out of pure fascination
• Be believable--have flaws we recognize as human--hold opinions, face problems and challenges common to people so we can identify with the character
• Want something in every scene
• Stand tests of character--weather obstacles in their way and endure pain and grief without losing humanity

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Publishing with Small Presses
Link to this episode: http://tinyurl.com/z8b7vus
In this episode, the Write Pack explores getting published with small presses
What kinds of small press houses are there?
How are they different from vanity press?
How are they different from the big houses?
What should you expect if you land a deal with a small press?
What is the difference between small presses and imprints?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of a small press?
How should you research a small press?
How are contracts handled at a small press?

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Walking the Road to Publication
Link to this episode: http://tinyurl.com/nblytjt
In this episode, the Write Pack explores Walking the Road to Publication.
What is the first step of publication after you wrote a story?
What are some of the common characteristics of works that are not ready for publication?
What is the difference between the art and the business of writing?
Why is researching the places to submit to so important?
How do you query, submit, etc. for publication?
How do you find your publishers or agents?
How can you aim your submissions?
What should you watch out for?
How to handle rejections.

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Link to this episode: http://tinyurl.com/h4dzqj4 In this episode, the Write Pack explores the trauma that characters endure. There are two types of trauma: Physical and Mental. How is trauma handled in our stories? Why write about traumatic incidents? Where do authors get it right? Where do authors get it wrong? What are the costs of trauma? How can physical trauma be used an obstacle or show something about your character?  What are the mental traumas that come with physical trauma? What are the costs of mental trauma? How can characters react differently to mental trauma? Find all our episodes on iTunes and Blog Talk Radio. A new episode every Sunday.
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Developmental Editors
This episode comes from a request from one of our listeners.
 In this episode, the Write Pack, with special guest Mandy Schoen, explores Developmental Editors—what are they, why do we need them, and how are they different from copy editors? 

A link to the episode: 
What do developmental editors do?
Why are developmental editors important in the polishing process of writing?
How do you find developmental editors?
How are they different from copy editor?
What are the first signs that a story is not ready for the light of day?

http://tinyurl.com/zbonf37

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