ISSUE #61
Challenges

June 24, 2022

Welcome to the weekend, everyone.

 

What's going on at Rahaman Writing:​​​

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  • I scanned a few pages for typos...

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Due to still being super-busy with a variety of tasks, I've—once more—not done any website updates. Although, you're probably used to the lack of updates on this front by now. Again, it won't be forever; it'll just be until I have time to fine-tune things. Thankfully, there's nothing that really needs to be done for Rahamanwriting.com. It's in a good spot.

 

Although, despite being busy, I managed to find a bit of time for my fiction. Not much, but it's better than nothing.

 

I'm still working on my worldbuilding project-turned-book "Of the Sky, Of the Sea, and Of the Stones". In the previous chapter, I had the protagonist explore a flying city that had landed in an ocean. However, in this chapter, the protagonist will be exploring the depths in search of secrets about the sea.

 

This chapter is planned to be the third of five considerably thick chapters—which I may end up changing to "parts" and making smaller chapters within each "part".

 

I'm happy to say that it's still fun to write and develop this ocean-dominated planet. This bodes well for SSS as well as future books planned to take place in this world.

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The Baron of Beholders' Writing Tip #50

 

As a reader, I like to be challenged to a certain degree. I like to figure things out and come to my own conclusions about the setting and characters.

 

And, as a writer, I try to give my readers the same kinds of challenges. For example, in most cases, I tend to write characters realistically instead of writing them to be likable or relatable.

 

I want readers to come to their own conclusions about places and people, as I feel that this will immerse readers better and also challenge their minds to think critically about what they are reading.

 

However, it's very possible to be heavy-handed in this regard. You don't want to challenge your readers too much, as that may make them not want to continue reading.

 

My advice for this month is to be careful how you test your readers. Challenging their imagination is one thing, but you don't want to challenge their morals or personal beliefs. Fiction is for creative freedom, not pushing your thoughts and opinions on others.

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If you're looking for a challenging read, consider checking out Inner Expanses. Set in two dimensions that are enigmatically linked, things are not what they seem.

 

Death is not final, and the inhuman ones are not the true monsters. You'll have to read to the very end to learn the truth about the dark tendrils that push and pull lives apart across the fabric of reality.

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ISSUE #62
Betrayal

July 23, 2022

Good Friday, readers.

 

What's happening at Rahaman Writing:​​​

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  • Made a few thousand words of progress on my WIP

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Damn, it feels good to write.

 

After weeks of nothing, I finally had some time to work on my WIP—and boy, did I get some great stuff down!

 

I was able to progress through a scene that introduced a lot of unique concepts while also explaining a lot of lore. It was a fair deal of setup for the next scene, but I felt that I was able to write it in a way that was interesting and organic that didn't feel like I was just expositioning at the reader.

 

Yes, I know "expositioning" isn't a real word, but it bloody well is now!

 

I don't know if I'll have too much time to return to this ocean adventure WIP anytime soon, however, getting down around 4,000 words in a week is good enough...for now.

 

Back to the (enjoyable) grind of work and (tiring) life stuff.

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The Baron of Beholders' Writing Tip #51

 

When significant things are happening in your story, you want to evoke some sort of emotion in your readers. Making them feel as well as think will let your scenes hit harder and remain in the minds of readers.

 

One of the kinds of significant things that I've been told my work gets across well is betrayal—which I'm quite proud of, as it's something that can be hard to pull off.

 

Betrayal needs to sting; it needs to anger or sadden the reader. If it doesn't, then the reader won't be as satisfied when the protagonist gets revenge. Furthermore, the reader may not be able to empathize with the protagonist who was betrayed.

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Betrayal and revenge are themes that I'm a big fan of, and one of the tales where I apparently used these themes the best is in Burning Blood.

 

You can find this short story, and others, in my collection: Unusual Tales for the Curious Mind.

 

However, you can also read Burning Blood on my website for free. No first-chapter-only tricks—you can read the full story! Click HERE or click on the image below to do so.

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