Since I've completed my debut novel and am working on my next project, I thought I'd share some of the music scores I've been listening to that helped inspire some of the scenes in my novel. These scores can either serve you as a reader or a writer. For me, they were definitely helpful when I wanted to complete a particular scene (eg. battle, duel, a chase, escape, etc.). I'm embedding some of the tracks I'm referencing from Spotify. Hopefully, they can play on your platform as well.
Allastria.com has officially launched on 23 April 2019. It's also the official release of her Facebook page here and Twitter channel here. On and off, I will update the site and its social media channels as regularly as I can - preferably on a daily basis. I'm working on my next novel, so yeah, will juggle between the two.
I've just set up a Patreon account here and updated the page link in our Contact section. It also includes our own Bitcoin public address (if anyone wants to contribute to our cause as a show of support and gratitude). The Novel section has just been completed, with a historical look on the genesis of ALLASTRIA the novel and MORTALISSAR the fantasy world. It's an interesting hero's journey of sorts (or 'story's journey') where I take the reader on a trail on how the story of Allastria first came about, the transitions it went through before becoming the novel it is today. Similarly, for Mortalissar, it was originally created as part of a role-playing game world I've created, but through many different iterations, it eventually became the fantasy world in which Allastria the novel, and her characters reside in.
Got a few comments from the Writers' Groups on Facebook about the first 500+ words of the Prologue and made several amendments to the first page of the Prologue. There have been several inputs on change in points-of-view, repetitive adjectives and descriptions, and names of characters. I suppose when the genesis of the novel stemmed from the fact that it was written as a screenplay originally, where the scriptwriter has to 'describe' what is happening from a visual point-of-view, it is hard to move away from a visual style of writing. Not only that, you need to also get into the details a little bit more (defining character features, flaws, tics) and smells (we always lose that in a screenplay, but not in a novel).
I've just gotten accepted into several fantasy writers' groups on Facebook today. Most of these groups will accept you if you read their house rules, obey them and answer a few questions related to being a fantasy writer or at least a fan of fantasy writing. The great thing about being in a closed-group writers' community is that you can ask questions related to your work, writing, characters and get honest feedback as just about everyone else in the group are writers. The key part about posting a snippet of your writing is to keep it short and succinct, so that the group can read it without having their eyes glazed over (yelp! walls of text!). Here are links to the three that I've joined.
About the Creator
Terry Astrial is an alias I'm using for this website & our social media channels (yep, it's not my real name). I'm born & raised in Asia.