Cartography Software for Fantasy Writers

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This is not a sponsored post.

Happy Saturday, my lovely bookaholics! As you know, earlier this month I started writing a novel for NaNoWriMo, which means I have to write a novel at least 50.000 words long before the month ends. And, as I mentioned in my latest post, I don’t want to do a half-hearted job: a tremendous artist, Hellyon White, is designing the cover and the character’s portraits, and I have started drawing a map for the story.

And this is what I want to tell you about right now: the map.How is a writer with no drawing skills whatsoever undertaking so big a project?

Well, let me tell you how I’m doing it.

Let me tell you about Ortelius.

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Marketing for Writers: Google Analytics

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It is often said that, nowadays, it’s not enough being just an author: you also have to be a marketeer. Traditional publishing houses take into account how many followers you have on your Facebook page and Twitter account before giving you an offer, and self-publishing relies entirely on how much work you’re willing to put in in order to promote your novel. One thing is certain: the ideal of the bohemian writer who spends their whole lives devoted to their craft, leaving the less savoury aspects of the business to their agents, is long gone.

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Growing Up as a Fantasy Writer

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Today’s post is a little bit long and personal, but please bear with me. Please…?

I am a fantasy writer. I always have been. Other than short stories, I have never written a single piece that didn’t involve swords and sorcery, heroes and villains, and a bookload of ridiculously epic scenes. Right now I’m juggling three projects, one of which I intend to make public fairly soon, and they are all fantasy.

It would be cliché to say that I haven’t always been like this—and a lie. Because, the truth is, I can’t recall a time when I wasn’t fascinated with the idea of creating new worlds and populating them with people and creatures arising from my imagination.

So how did I become this kind of person? What went wrong!?

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Creative Writing Advice in 140 Characters

We all want it. We all need it. Getting very prolific, very successful authors to share their wisdom with us, the average writers, is something we desperately need. This wisdom, however, is often shared in the form of very long books and articles, which usually take up a lot of our time. And since I know that not everyone can afford that, here is a compilation of creative writing advice by famous authors—in tweet format!

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Books for Creative Writers

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Good morning my lovely bookaholics! As some of you will know, I devote my spare time to creative writing, something I have been doing ever since I was a little kid. That is why I would like to give you some book recommendations for people who want to polish their writing style. Let’s see what I have in store!

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Everlasting Light

Good evening, dear booklovers!

Today I have finally overcome my indecision and decided to join the wonderful Wattpad community! I have started with a short story I have been writing and re-writing for the past two years, and although I think it’s not entirely perfect yet, I’m quite satisfied with how it turned out.

Everlasting LightThe story is called “Everlasting Light” and depicts a not so bright future, where everyday life has become so miserable that the sudden appearance of a flaming meteor in the sky becomes a welcome sight.

It probably won’t come as a surprise that I thought of this piece while listening to Muse’s “Apocalypse Please”. That song set the mood and the tone, and it made me think about what kind of situation these people could be in to feel so desperate for the world to end. And, more importantly, how was the world supposed to end?

Eventually, the idea of a flaming meteor coming down from the sky felt so appealing that I couldn’t help but go for it. It is time for something biblical, indeed…

If you want to read it, you can do so by just clicking the image! Please let me know what you think about it in the comments. I hope you enjoy it—even if it’s a bit dark!