Author: Magda Olchawska

Neil Gaiman, the Author of the Sandman and American Gods, Shares His Writing Wisdom (part 2)

1. Neil recommends the following to help your world-building skills — Create a map of your world. — Avoid clichés and rip-offs. — Combine fresh ideas with old and already known ideas to create something unique. — Use your own life as inspiration. — Do research. 2. There are two basic types of narration that makeup exposition: — Scene narration — depicts characters in action or having a conversation. Use this method if you want to speed up pacing. — Dramatic narration — you describe what the character/s did while the events occurred offstage. Use dramatic narrative if you’re going to describe things or move over the action. 3. For creating the descriptive prose, Neil uses the following techniques: — Focus on your character’s sensory experience. — Choose memorable details. — Make your description do more than one thing. — Reveal less. — Consider withholding information. — Do a cold open (open your scene in the middle of the action.) — Follow your character’s natural attention and see where that is going to take you. 4. Humour can help you …

How to Set up a Crowdfunding Campaign?

Setting up your campaign First and foremost, give yourself time to build your campaign page. You can create your campaign over a few days or even weeks. You must remember that this is going to be your calling card and, if you are serious about your project, you must put a real effort and time into making sure that it’s as presentable, clear and representative of you and your project as possible. Whether you like it or not, people won’t judge your campaign based on what your best intentions are or what you had in mind while setting up your page. The first impression counts the most. Every crowdfunding website has different functions and different layouts, however, some general features overlap across all the platforms. Below you can find a list of the most common functions found across the most popular crowdfunding platforms. Promotional Video Have your campaign video ready before you go live. Before you sit down to make your campaign video do your research but don’t be put off by fancy and advanced editing, keep …

It Requires Courage to Find Friendship in the Insane World

Fiona didn’t know what to do with herself when the lockdown began. Ever since she started working at 16, she kept busy. Her dedication, hard work and commitment were highly appreciated, and she rose through the company ranks becoming one of the top directors in charge of a team of fifty people. She always felt blessed with such a satisfying and rewarding career and never examined the hard choices she had to make to sustain her working life. However, since her last birthday, she began questioning her complete devotion to work. The fact that her son moved across the pond only added new cracks to her carefully constructed life that started to show signs of unavoidable collapse. The house wasn’t the same with Malcolm gone; it felt empty and cold. Every piece of furniture reminded her of him. Since Malcolm’s father disappeared somewhere in Asia when the boy wasn’t even one, it was always the two of them. Even this big, crazy country house was for Malcolm. Of course, as any mother would, Fiona was …

Neil Gaiman, the Author of the Sandman and American Gods, Shares His Writing Wisdom (part 1)

Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graphic novels and non-fiction books. His work includes amongst many other titles: The Sandman, American Gods, Stardust. Coraline, The Graveyard Book. 1. Use the following tools to make your characters, setting and scene stronger: — Give specific and concrete sensory details (Are your details specific enough? Can you make your details sensory?) — Use familiar alongside the unfamiliar. — If you are writing about the real world and real technology, avoid technical mistakes at all cost. — If something doesn’t feel right for you in the world you have created, let your character notice that because most likely it won’t be right for them either. 2. Pay attention to your character’s behaviour and their responses, which need to be in line with their personality. 3. The purpose of truth in fiction is to convert emotional truths in such way that is entertaining, helps a reader understand challenging times, makes them think differently about the world; and sometimes it can even change their lives. 4. …

What Is the Magic Key to Successful Crowdfunding Campaign?

Target Audience No product is for everyone, and it applies to films as well. Knowing who to direct your campaign to is part of your future success. Time is the only commodity we can’t get back, so focus your efforts on getting through to people who will be interested in your offer instead of trying to reach everyone. Knowing your target audience is vital in determining the best outlets, language and keywords for your posts, tweets and promotional material. It will help you establish the most effective marketing approach and distribution strategy for your campaign. Give yourself time to figure out who is your target/niche audience. Treat this as a part of the creative process that goes into running a successful crowdfunding campaign. Don’t start your campaign before you know exactly who is your inch audience is. Personal Support Another essential aspect of any crowdfunding campaign is to have a personal support team around yourself and your project. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and your idea. Find people who can pick you …