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Magic Systems: When It Feels Like It’s All Been Done Before

This post is co-written by Akshaya and Mara. We all know what separates fantasy from every other genre—magic systems! And not just any old magic systems! No, these must be cool, unique, complicated, fully explained, excruciatingly detailed, never-been-seen-before-by-anyone, never-even-conceived-of-until-you-put-it-to-the-page, constantly-blowing-everyone’s-mind-with-their-uniqueness magic systems! Or…maybe not. Maybe it’s just that, as fantasy writers, that’s sometimes what we… Continue reading Magic Systems: When It Feels Like It’s All Been Done Before

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Roundtable #9: Villains And The Writers Who Love Them

Note: This post is done in a roundtable style where members of Writer’s Block Party discuss a topic together. Moderator/Editor: Mara Fitzgerald QUESTION ONE: Who are your favorite villains of all time and what makes them so great? Meg: I guess I’ll start that I find the idea of having a favorite villain SO FASCINATING.… Continue reading Roundtable #9: Villains And The Writers Who Love Them

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#chillwritingtips: In The Game Of Contests, You Win Or You Die…Right?

Everyone loves writing contests! They’re a great way to get feedback and make valuable connections, and they’re totally not stressful at all. Nope, there’s absolutely nothing anxiety-making about putting our work out there to be judged and poked at and rejected. A really super duper fun thing about contests is how they’re extremely public. Everyone… Continue reading #chillwritingtips: In The Game Of Contests, You Win Or You Die…Right?

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#chillwritingtips: I Don’t Have Any Exciting News, And That’s Okay

A quick intro: #chillwritingtips is a series about making sure we don’t lose our love of writing in the process of trying to get it published. The whole time I was querying, I wanted it to be OVER. I was not a fan of the waiting and uncertainty and dealing with my own writerly neuroses… Continue reading #chillwritingtips: I Don’t Have Any Exciting News, And That’s Okay