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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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Why is it So Hard to Write a Second Published Book? Reflections on the Sophomore Slump

There is a common refrain out there, in every corner of the internet, on panels and interviews galore, where authors talk about how hard it is to write their second published book. It’s so common, in fact, that it has a variety of names–the sophomore slump, second book syndrome, the tenth circle of hell, etc… Continue reading Why is it So Hard to Write a Second Published Book? Reflections on the Sophomore Slump