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Just Like Magic: Why You Must Avoid the Magical Cure Trope
Sun, 30 June 2019
Whether it’s the misuse, the lack, or the excess of it, magic usually holds sway over our fantasy worlds. If you’re more a sci-fi person, you know that technology takes the place of magic here. With this, however, comes a problematic road: everything is an easy fix.
Sensitive: The Awkwardness of Writing Outside Your Lane
Sun, 26 May 2019
There’s an amazing push for diverse, authentic representation in the past few years. With it comes a rocky road, both for marginalized folks and the authors who want to help--and of course, the intersection between those two.
You Can't Miss the Library: Making Fantasy Worlds Accessible
Sun, 28 Apr 2019
Stark land sweeps from the buildings clustered atop the hill. I’d liken farm fields and swales to skirts or aprons. This vista is too sharp for that. These are nature’s tassets, perhaps....
Diagnostics: I Don't Have Time for Writer's Block
Sun, 4 Aug 2019
5 am. It rained last night. I know, not because of the drops on the window, or the softness in the air, but the creaks and pops as I slip out of bed.
The creative Penn
What Authors Need To Know About Book Cover Design
Fri, 6 Sept, 2019
Your book cover is one of the most important pieces of your product (besides your awesome writing, obviously!). Covers are meant to be judged–despite how much we’re warned against it!
Top 5 Free Book Cover Makers–Don't Break The Bank, Create Your Own!
Sat, 25 May 2019
As authors, however, we often face tight budgets. Deciding where to spend our money and where to tighten the belt isn’t easy. So how do you create an eye-catching, on-brand cover without breaking the bank?
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Writing Great Representation When It's Not Your Own
Tue, 24 Sept, 2019
We strive for stories that are authentic and visceral. Lately, the conversation on good representation includes the debate on whether or not to write characters whose experiences aren’t our own. How can we be respectful? Is it even our story to tell? Does it count when we write in made-up worlds?