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Show, Don’t Tell?

R. L. Copple answers the questions: Why are many against “show, don’t tell”? Should a writer worry about showing instead of telling?

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What Do Readers Want?

Author R. L. Copple examines the question: what do readers really want? And how do writers give that to them?

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7 Common Pitfalls of Critiquers

Have you ever committed the seven most common pitfalls when critiquing someone’s story? Check out this list by author R. L. Copple, and see how you measure up.

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Whose Vote Counts?

I recently read a comment along the lines that if a book sells well, that doesn’t mean it is a good book. Some awful books sell well, while “brilliant” books flounder in obscurity. One commentor to my recent column on Grasping for the Wind mentions that because a book sells well isn’t a measure of how well it is written. That comment has been rattling around in my brain. I know what they are saying, and on a certain level, it is true, but there is something inherently wrong about that statement as well. Let me see if I can pin down what it is.

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    Second book in The Virtual Chronicles. A superhero space adventure!

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    First book in The Virtual Chronicles. Virtual reality has never been so real!

  • Reality’s Fire

    Third book in The Reality Chronicles. The exciting finale goes to Hell and back.

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    Second book in The Reality Chronicles. An adventure with consequences.

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    First book in The Reality Chronicles. 15 adventures of Sisko to enjoy!

  • Ethereal Worlds Anthology

    25 short stories and flash fictions written over five years by R. L. Copple.

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    Let's go there. It's a silly place. Two flash fictions in this anthology: "Shake, Rattle, and Roll," and "Baby Truth."