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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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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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May #InkRipples: 10 YA and MG Novels Inspired by Fairy Tales & Myths

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on May 8, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Fairy tales, Fantasy, Guest, Ink Ripples, Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, Middle Grade, Writing, Young Adult |

Last week I touched on why fairy tales make for such good fodder for story ideas. And as promised, here are some of my favorite YA and MG novels that drew inspiration from fairy tales and myths (I’ve included myths here because they are also great sources of inspiration for similar reasons that fairy tales […]

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May #InkRipples: Mining Fairy Tales for Story Ideas

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on May 1, 2017 in Books, Creativity, Fairy tales, Ink Ripples, Writing |

When Monday falls on the first day of the month, #InkRipples always sneaks up on me. I made sure to get my post up on time because I was particularly excited about this month’s topic of fairy tales. One of my most popular archived posts is “Fairy Tale One-Liners” and I’ve taught a writing workshop […]

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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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