Blog - Ryan M. Williams
Dictation

Dictation Redux

One of the pleasures of being a librarian is sharing resources with people. When it comes to making recommendations on books, we tend to talk about "readers advisory." I think there is also a place for

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number 42

42 Answers to the Question, “Why Blog?”

The Number 42Few writers have made as much of an impression as Douglas Adams on my imagination. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy remains one of my favorite books.“Forty-two,” said Deep Thought,

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Books Gone Bad Bundle

Books Gone Bad Bundle

The Books Gone Bad Bundle with my story Invasion of the Book Snatchers on BundleRabbit is now available for pre-order at Amazon, iBooks, etc. with a release date of July 27th. I'm excited to have

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Writing Prompts

Weird Weekly Writing Prompts

Welcome! I've written some of my favorite stories with simple writing prompts that have encouraged my imagination to come up with things I probably wouldn't have come up with otherwise. Check back each

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Python

Using Python to Generate Story or Novel Titles

Writing doesn’t require learning to code. But you can have fun, save time, and improve creativity by learning at least some coding. Even something as simple as creating a word count tracker can help

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Novlr

Introducing Your New Writing Tool – Novlr

I’ve been known to bounce around trying out different writing software. I’ve tried a range of programs including Microsoft Word, Scrivener, StoryBox, yWriter, Omniwriter, Write or Die, Wattpad, Evernote,

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Space Monkeys

Space Monkeys Audio Drama Podcast

Several years ago, editors at On Spec Magazine published my short story Space Monkeys. As if that wasn't enough of a thrill, they created a teacher and librarian toolkit of the story for students. Now

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Routine

Your Writing Routines Are Destroying Your Productivity

Routines destroy productivity when they become fixed rituals—especially if you want to write while working at another full-time career. If you need to have the right chair, the right work space, computer,

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Punctuate This

Punctuate This | Writing Exercise

I got this writing exercise from one of my mentors, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, at a workshop I did a few years back. I found it very instructive. It's simple to explain, and much harder to do.

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Unplanned Time Off

Unplanned Time Off

I took some unplanned time off from working on my blog over the past few weeks. It stemmed in large part from a life roll—the loss of our two dogs. Poppy passed at the end of April, age-related reasons,

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