With one of his favourite people surprising him with artwork of one of his characters and Camp NaNoWriMo right around the corner, this week Raven presents another excerpt from an upcoming piece in its raw, unedited state.
Some elements are true for your private and professional life. Tessa got married this week and talks about the things marriage has in common with writing
Do you read? Of course you do. Otherwise you wouldn’t be here. Starting next month, you’ll find more of our favourite books on Narratess.
There’re countless methods to provoke dread and unease in an audience, but today Raven talks about three key things that unnerve him and why – the things that feel inherently wrong, that get under his skin in all the right ways.
What’s a good epic fantasy without some troubling diplomats who try to blackmail their way into higher ranks? And why not betray your own allies with secret weapons to get ahead? Yamato is filled with begrudged officials whose status is more important to them than anything else. Prepare for spoilers if you haven’t read the Read More
New ideas are awesome, fresh inspiration is fantastic, and motivation can strike like a bolt out of the blue.
Unfortunately, that bolt can sometimes hit us right when we’re in the middle of something else. Today, Raven talks about the three methods he uses to deal with the potentially terrible timing of new ideas.
We’re continuing our journey through Yamato, James Calbraith’s alternate version of Japan. The Islands In The Mists is the third book in the series The Year Of The Dragon. This is the first book where the story in Yamato splits into multiple points of view, as well as expanding on the burgeoning storyline in Qin only teased in earlier books. Hold on to your obis, because you’re in for a bumpy ride.
April is one of the off months where NaNoWriMo participants organise a virtual writing retreat, or Camp Nano. The rules for Camp Nano are slightly different, because you don’t have to use the 50.000 word count, but you can pick your own. The threshold is lower for people new to writing to set up a writing habit since you can set it as low as you want. My advice is to still challenge yourself. You can improve your daily habitual word count by setting the bar a little higher, but not unattainable. It’s just like exercising.
In On My Mind topics are explored that are worthy of discussion. This week I’ll talk about the visual versus the textual, from a creator’s perspective. Did you choose between one or more crafts?
Competition can be healthy. It can drive us to improve ourselves, to make our work as good as it can be, but all too often comparisons do more harm than good.
This week, Raven talks about a few things to keep in mind when you start looking at another writer’s work and comparing it to your own.