Signs of Trouble
Here you'll find all the contents that were in issue #19 of the Rahaman Reader
Well met, everyone!
You've reach the end of another week!
Here are some new and interesting stuff on Rahaman Writing:
- Added more photos to the photography section (bottom three photos)
- Added a search bar for easier website navigation!
Bad poetry jokes aside, ravens tend to get a bad reputation. They're sometimes seen as bad omens. They have nothing to do with ill fortune, but still, mankind's paranoia has given rise to the connection of dark wings and dark occurrences.
What we should be focusing on, instead of blaming others for our problems, is preemptively dealing with them. Reacting to any given event can reduce damage, but foreseeing and preparing for it can negate all damage.
As they say, "preparation is a ninja's best weapon".
I've mentioned planning and outlining before in this newsletter, but I want to elaborate on that a bit more. Specifically, in regards to speculative fiction (Fantasy, Horror, SciFi, etc.)
When you're creating a world, or writing a story in one with elements not of the real (and mundane) one, keeping track of everything can be tricky.
The Baron of Beholder's Writing Tip #8:
Prepare for your worst enemy: yourself.
Keeping all your deep lore, crazy events, and fascinating adventures consistent can be tough if you're a whimsical asshole like me!
I pride myself on my creativity and detail, but the more of those you have, the harder it is to remember them all.
"How many horns does the first head of this hydra have?"
"Why does the sun look bigger and more detailed in the north?"
"Where the hell did I put my damn coffee?"
All questions I've asked myself multiple times.
Avoid accidentally creating pitfalls for yourself with one relatively easy trick:
Give everything a reason!
Don't make something happen or describe it for only "wow factor". Give everything a purpose, a meaning, a reason to be the way that it is. Aesthetics are nice, and important, but function always prevails over fashion when it comes to writing.
"Oh yeah, the first hydra head only has one horn, because it's the first!"
"That's right! The sun looks like that because it's closer to the north!"
"Great." *looks at empty coffee mug*
It's easier to remember purpose than details.
Real life example: you don't remember the colour of the shoes of the person who blocked your path last, but you remember that they only did so because they were ON THEIR DAMN PHONE and not paying attention to their surroundings.
Upon the flying city, where our protagonist is currently conducting his studies, things begin to take a turn for the worse. The warning from his transport ship's first mate now seems to be valid beyond doubt, as a fell sickness begins to transform citizens of the city into hideous monsters!
Learn how our bookish scholar reacts to the threat and begins to prepare for the worst!