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September #InkRipples: Building a Fictional World

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 8, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Elixir Bound, Fantasy, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, Pirate Island, WIP, Writing |

What exactly is world building (or worldbuilding if your prefer is as one word)? Basically, it’s the creation of a fictional world. More than that, though, it’s how that world is explained within the confines of a story. The imagining and creating is the easy part (in my opinion). It’s choosing which pieces to include […]

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August #InkRipples: Options in Publishing – What’s Your Path?

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on August 7, 2017 in Books, Elixir Bound, Ink Ripples, Pirate Island, Self-Publishing, Writing |

When it comes to publishing a book, there are so many more options than there used to be. If you’re new to the business, it can be downright overwhelming and confusing to decide what publishing path is the right one for you. That is why we decided to tackle the topic in this month’s #InkRipples. Traditional […]

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Interview of LA Dragoni Author of GUARDIAN’S TOUCH

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on July 31, 2017 in Books, Guest, Interview, Kai Strand, Writing |

I’m always happy to have a good writer friend guest on the Observation Desk, and LA is one of the best! It’s no wonder when I saw the answers on this author interview, which made me realize we have more in common than I thought. Check out her latest release GUARDIAN’S TOUCH, book two in the […]

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July #InkRipples: The Hero Is the Villain

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

When I think about the July #InkRipples topic of heroes/villains, I always think about the many quotes along the lines of everyone is the hero of their own story (there are so many versions of this quote with different attributions, I’m not even going to try attribute a direct quote). I think this idea is […]

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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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