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Recognizing Different Kinds of Productivity

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on June 21, 2017 in Anecdote, Creativity, Family, Nature, Parenting, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, WIP, Writing |

I’ve been feeling particularly unproductive this year, in part because I haven’t been doing much drafting. It’s my favorite part of the writing process and the one that creatively feels the most fulfilling. I feel whole when I’m in the midst of a draft and able to lose myself in the process of adding words […]

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June #InkRipples: Utilizing Blurbs in the Drafting Process

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on June 7, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Ink Ripples, Middle Grade, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

When I first found out I was expected to write my own blurb for ELIXIR BOUND, I was kind of terrified. The blurb is one of the most important selling tools of a book, probably only second to the cover. If a cover and title draw in a reader, chances are the next thing they’ll […]

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April #InkRipples: 5 Tips for Revising that Manuscript

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on April 12, 2017 in Black Butterfly, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Ink Ripples, Language, WIP, Writing |

Now that you all know from my earlier April #InkRipples post that revision isn’t my favorite part of the writing process, I’ll share some tips on how I try to make it easier on myself. Some of these work for my particular process and some are more general, but I hope you find them helpful. […]

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April #InkRipples: Revision is Hard

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on April 3, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Ink Ripples, WIP, Writing |

Join Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll (that’s me!) for April #InkRipples, which is all about revision. There is more to writing a novel than simply putting words on a page and calling it a book. It’s a process. A major part of that process is revision. And it’s not my favorite part. I […]

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Why Is It Taking Me So Long To Write The Second Elixir Book?

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on March 24, 2017 in Anecdote, Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Elixir Saved, Family, Kylene, WIP, Writing, Young Adult |

It’s been over four years since the ebook version of ELIXIR BOUND came out and over three years since the paperback version released (so forever in terms of publishing a companion novel). I’m sad to report that I’m only about 2/3 finished with the draft of the companion novel ELIXIR SAVED. And even once the draft is […]

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