Refine Your World’s Magic Source

It might take the form of a glittering crystal powering a dragon’s acid breath. Or a river of power that can be tapped to create a wizard’s fireball. Or a demonic pact granting awesome healing powers. Along with knowing the source of magic, I also like to decide how the source acts and is used. […]

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Author Interview: Ashley Capes

Q: How would you define and describe writer’s block? A: The word ‘block’ sounds so powerful, so final, huh? But I try to think of it as two separate but not unrelated problems that are both beatable. The first problem seems to be when motivation is low, which is probably the hardest to fight for […]

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Featured Recent Release: March 2017

This month’s featured book release is Imperial Towers by Ashley Capes. This is Book 5 in his Book of Never series.All his books can be found at Amazon and Kobo. Stay tuned tomorrow for an interview with author Ashley Capes! Only one thing stands between Never and answers – his brother. Driven toward the enemy-occupied Imperial City, Never’s doubts grow. […]

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Catharsis for the Reader (Step 4)

Catharsis is the expulsion, repulsion, or purification of toxins and impurities. Emotional catharsis can allow the release and possible transformation of many different negative feelings. These may be toxic emotions built up from real life or emotions instilled by the writer. In Step 1, we looked at various seeds to plant in order to produce […]

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Writing Prompt: “Portal”

I created this writing prompt, “Portal”, for the late middle of a book. Flashbacks are portals to the past. They can be an effective way to show contrasts between the way things were and the way things are. But the time change inherent in all flashbacks can jolt the reader’s sense of continuity. For that […]

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