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That’s a wrap! September 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! September 2020

September 2020 has been one of those months that is both shockingly short and impossibly long! While life in lockdown continues, I’ve made some great writing progress and read 4 incredible books. Come check out the details and tell me what you’ve been up to!! → September 2020 has been one of those months which…

That’s a wrap! July 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! July 2020

In some ways, July has been par for the course for 2020, but I’m trying to focus on the positives. I’ve made some great reflections this month, have progressed my writing projects, and read some of my favourite books of the year. Come check out the details and share your achievements with me!! → Well,…

That’s a wrap! June 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! June 2020

What. A. Month. June 2020 hasn’t been the most productive for me, but it’s sure been a crazy time. I’m excited to share what I’ve been up to, so come and check out the details of my writing progress, the books I’ve read, and some cute photos of my newest family member!! → What. A.…

That’s a wrap! May 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! May 2020

May 2020 feels like one of those months that have gone on FOREVER, but at the same time I’ve tried to make the most of the situation. I reached an exciting milestone with my writing and read some great books, so come check out the details and tell me how you are!! → For me,…

That’s a wrap! April 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! April 2020

April 2020 has come and gone and our world continues to change. My month hasn’t been too bad, all things considered, with some solid writing progress made and five great books read. Come and check out all the details and tell me about what you’ve been up to!! → April 2020 has come and gone,…

That’s a wrap! January-February 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! January-February 2020

I think we’d all agree that 2020 began with a bang. Between the Australian bushfires, starting my first Real Job, and juggling my many writing goals, I have had a CRAZY two months! But I’ve made some progress and also finished 7 great books…so read on for all the details!! → I think we’d all…

That’s a wrap! December 2019 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! December 2019

Can you believe that 2019 is just about over? I had a wonderful December, celebrating Christmas with my family, reaching some significant writing milestones and reading 6 amazing books. Read on for all the details!! → Wow. Can you believe that 2019 is just about over? I had a wonderful December, making the most of…

That’s a wrap! November 2019 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! November 2019

My November has both raced by and dragged by, and I’ve spent most of it lost in a writing trance-slash-frenzy. Aside from participating in NaNoWriMo, I also read 7 fantastic books and am hosting my first online giveaway! Read on for all the details!! → Unsurprisingly, I’ve been in a bit of a writing trance-slash-frenzy…

That’s a wrap! October 2019 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! October 2019

Is it just me, or has October completely flown by? I’ve celebrated some exciting life milestones this month, read 8 amazing books, and worked hard on both my WIPs to get them where they need to be. Read on for all the details!! → Is it just me, or has October completely flown by? I’ve…

That’s a wrap! September 2019 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! September 2019

Can you believe we’re now three-quarters of the way through 2019? My September has been a flurry of activity, consisting of one finished WIP, significant progress in the other, ten books read, and a runaway Nanna. Read on for all the exciting details!! → Despite being technically unemployed, my September has been a flurry of…

That’s a wrap! July-August 2019

July and August have been an interesting time for me, as I’m soon to commence the next chapter of my life. Progress on the writing and reading fronts has been slow, but by no means non-existent, so read on for all the exciting details! → July and August have been an interesting time for me,…

That’s a wrap! June 2019

I can’t believe we’re now halfway through the year! While my June has been woefully unproductive, it also marked a key milestone in my life, so I’ve taken some time to enjoy it. Read on for all the exciting details! → I can’t believe we’re now halfway through the year! Where on earth has all…

That’s a wrap! May 2019

May has been a bit of a month-from-hell as I slogged my way towards the end of the uni semester. Nevertheless, I managed some degree of success on the reading, writing and social media-ing fronts, so read on for all the exciting details! → May has kind of been a month from hell, with the…

That’s a wrap! April 2019

My April was a fairly quiet month as far as these things go. I made some decent writing progress, read 6 wonderful books, and am now counting down the days until I finish my university degree. Read on for all the details! → My April was a fairly quiet month, as far as these things…

That’s a wrap! March 2019

Can you believe we’re already a quarter of the way through the year?! I had a moderately productive month this March, despite how busy I was. Read on for the details on my writing progress and all the books I read! → Um…how is it already the end of March? But at the same time,…

That’s a wrap! February 2019

February has been one of those months for me. In addition to juggling work, uni preparation, and my reading and writing goals, I had to say goodbye to a beloved friend. Read on for all the details…and some pictures of the most beautiful dog in the world. → This February, I said goodbye to my…

That’s a wrap! January 2019

One month down, eleven to go! January has blown past, but I managed to make some decent writing progress as well as read 8 books. Read on for all the juicy details in my first wrap-up post for 2019! → Can you BELIEVE that January is already over? I sure can’t! It feels like only yesterday I was standing…

Fantasy Fridays

Playing God: Inventing infrastructure for your fantasy WIP – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: Inventing infrastructure for your fantasy WIP

Infrastructure is the set of facilities and systems that allow societies to function from day-to-day, and is therefore an essential element of world-building. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the integrated nature of infrastructure, some important considerations, and give a sneak peak at the infrastructure in my own fantasy WIP! → SERIES CONTENTS 👍 Introduction | 💡 Creation | 🌟 Cosmology | ☯ Religion…

Playing God: Music, art & literature in the world of your WIP – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: Music, art & literature in the world of your WIP

Music, art and literature are three of the “cultural universals” found in every society, so they ought to be considered when world-building for a fantasy WIP. In today’s Playing God post, I explore each of these aspects in some detail, and give a sneak peek at the music, art and literature in my own fantasy…

Playing God: The language of your fantasy world – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: The language of your fantasy world

Language is how we communicate, an inextricable part of our everyday lives, and an important consideration when creating a fantasy world. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the significance of language, how to shape vernacular and new phrases, and give a sneak peak at the language in my own fantasy WIP!! → SERIES CONTENTS…

Playing God: Shaping race and culture in your fantasy WIP – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: Shaping race and culture in your fantasy WIP

Race and culture have a vital role in shaping society and human identity, so in turn they deserve careful shaping when world-building for a fantasy WIP. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the definitions and significance of race and culture, some important considerations, and give a sneak peak at these concepts in my own…

Playing God: Making history in your WIP’s world – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: Making history in your WIP’s world

History is an often-underrated element of world-building, and one which can add incredible depth and detail to a fantasy novel. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the reasons you need to know your world’s history, some important considerations, and give a sneak peak at the world history in my own fantasy WIP! → SERIES…

Playing God: Climate & weather in your fantasy world

Climate and weather plays a significant part in shaping the world, which is an excellent reason to incorporate it when world-building for a fantasy WIP. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the differences between weather and climate, some important considerations, and give a sneak peak at the system in my own fantasy world! →…

Playing God: Establishing your WIP world’s geography

When conducting world-building for your fantasy WIP, it is absolutely essential that you understand the world’s geography. It’s different from ours, after all! In today’s Playing God post, I explore the reasons for establishing geographical features, some important considerations, and give a sneak peak at the geography in my own fantasy world! → SERIES CONTENTS…

Playing God: Developing a magic system

Magic is one of the key elements in fantasy fiction, and developing an interesting yet consistent system is a vital step in world-building for any fantasy novel involving magic. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the main types of magic, some important considerations, and give a sneak peak at the system in my own…

How to make a fantasy city map with Illustrator

Drawing maps is a key part of many fantasy writers’ process, but it can be hard to find the right program to get your ideas down on paper. I recently created a city map using Adobe Illustrator, and wish to share how you can too. → After successfully creating a world map for my WIP…

Playing God: Incorporating religion into your fantasy world

Religion plays an integral role in shaping history and society, and is therefore an essential consideration when it comes to world-building for a fantasy novel. In this Playing God post, I explore the key types of belief system, some interesting religious themes, and give a sneak peak at the religion in my own WIP! →…

On Writing

What I’ve done to prep for NaNoWriMo 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

What I’ve done to prep for NaNoWriMo 2020

November is just around the corner, and with it comes NaNoWriMo 2020! Today I share the step-by-step process I’ve gone through to prepare myself for this year’s challenge without getting burnt out. Come and join the discussion about planning new writing projects!! → November is just around the corner, and with it comes the…

How to be a productive writer while stuck at home – Rebecca Alasdair

How to be a productive writer while stuck at home

Since the end of March, I’ve been working from home while chipping away at all my writing projects. I’ve had to adjust to this new routine, but have learned some valuable lessons, and today I share some of the strategies I’ve used to maintain my productivity. I’d love to hear about yours! → This…

A non-exhaustive list of character terminology – Rebecca Alasdair

A non-exhaustive list of character terminology

Characters are the lens through which a reader is guided through a narrative. There are many different types of characters that exist within a story, and the terminology of these can be confusing. So here is a summary of the most common character terms and definitions!! → A character is a person or other…

Ten writing essentials for surviving an Apocalypse – Rebecca Alasdair

Ten writing essentials for surviving an Apocalypse

There is a lot of doom and gloom out there right now…so in true Aussie fashion I thought I’d have some fun and explore ten essential items we writers may need to survive and thrive in an Apocalyptic world. It’s time to band together to keep our spirits high, so come and share all your…

Conceptualising a story idea with the 5W1H method – Rebecca Alasdair

Conceptualising a story idea with the 5W1H method

There are many different ways in which a writer may conceptualise a story idea, and half the time we don’t even realise we’re doing it. But in this post I share one method of bringing order to the chaos…by asking yourself six key questions about your story concept! → Anyone who has ever planned—and…

Plans & preparation for NaNoWriMo 2019 – Rebecca Alasdair

Plans & preparation for NaNoWriMo 2019

NaNoWriMo 2019 is just around the corner! I plan to use this challenge to work on the final part of Blood of Old, the first book in my WIP fantasy series Graceborn. Come and learn the details of my goals and preparations, and tell me about your own NaNo project!! → It’s that time…

A look at the questions I asked my beta readers

This year, I made my first foray into beta reading, where I learned the importance of providing questions to help guide your readers’ focus. In this post, I share the list of questions I asked my beta readers, and the reasoning behind my question selection, and I’d love to hear your thoughts. *Includes a FREE…

The writing advice I wilfully ignore

Writing advice can be interpreted in many different ways, and should always be critically assessed before deciding if it’s right for you. In this post, I share four pieces of writing advice I don’t put much stock in, and am eager to discuss what advice YOU wilfully ignore! → If there is one thing…

5 tricks to cutting your WIP’s word count

Cutting words out of a story can be a writer’s worst nightmare, but sometimes you just have to do it. Recently, I managed to cut the manuscript of my WIP from 103k words to 84k, and here I share five of the most useful tricks I discovered along the way! → Cutting out words…

On Reading

Mismatched covers: My bookish pet peeve – Rebecca Alasdair

Mismatched covers: My bookish pet peeve

What are some of your biggest pet peeves when it comes to books? I’ve made no secret of the fact that I hate it when the covers of books in the same series don’t match, and this week I’m in the mood for a rant about it. Please, come and join me, and tell me…

What to do when your bookshelf overflows – Rebecca Alasdair

What to do when your bookshelf overflows

SOS! Send help! My bookshelf is about to overflow! Said every bookworm ever as they despaired over where to store their “excess” books. I’ve done a little searching online, and today I present a few different options for when your space is running out. If you have any unique ideas or experiences, I’d love to…

Anticipated book releases of 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

Anticipated book releases of 2020

New year, new book releases, and I couldn’t be more excited! Like bookworms around the world, I have been eagerly scanning the lists of books set to be published in 2020, and today I am sharing the new books I am anticipating most. What books are YOU looking forward to this year? → New…

My top ten reads of 2019 – Rebecca Alasdair

My top ten reads of 2019

There is still a little over a week left in 2019, but to date I have read a total of 74 books, and the time has come to announce my TOP TEN reads of the year! Bookworms, come forth, and let’s discuss our favourite books that we read in 2019!! → As 2019 draws…

How to spray the edges of a paperback book // ft. INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY – Rebecca Alasdair

How to spray the edges of a paperback book // ft. INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY

I finally took the plunge and sprayed the edges of my misfit paperback of Spellslinger. It turned out so well! Come and find out the steps I took to avoid completely destroying the book, and enter my GIVEAWAY for the chance to win your own sprayed-edge copy of Spellslinger!! → One need only have…

Ten of my favourite opening lines – Rebecca Alasdair

Ten of my favourite opening lines

The first few sentences of a book are arguably the most important. They are the first exposure the reader has to the story, and have to be interesting enough to “hook” them into reading more!! In this post, I share some of my all-time favourite opening lines from fiction novels. What are yours? → …

Ten of my favourite fictional battles

With Anzac Day coming up later this week, I thought I’d take the opportunity to reflect on some of my all-time favourite battles in fiction. I LOVE fight sequences, but the following ten made a particular impression on me. What are your favourite fictional battles? → BATTLE FOR ILIN ILLAN The Shadow of What…

Goals & Reflections

3rd BLOGIVERSARY: Exciting announcement + international giveaway! – Rebecca Alasdair

3rd BLOGIVERSARY: Exciting announcement + international giveaway!

Come and help me celebrate THREE YEARS since I first launched this website and introduced Rebecca Alasdair to the world! To commemorate this occasion, I share my key achievements, make a very exciting announcement, and am hosting an international giveaway!! → Today marks exactly three years since I published my very first post on this…

The year so far: Mid-2020 goal check – Rebecca Alasdair

The year so far: Mid-2020 goal check

We’ve made it to the second half of the year! Given everything that’s happened to date, I thought it a great opportunity to assess the progress I’ve made on my goals, and whether they need to be amended. Come and find out what has and hasn’t been working for me!! → When I published my…

New year, new goals: Targets for 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

New year, new goals: Targets for 2020

A belated Happy New Year to you all! Circumstances have forced me to delay my first blog post of 2020, but now I’m back and I’m finally ready to share my goals for this year. Come and tell me about what you want to achieve in the next eleven months! → 2020 marks the beginning…

2019 in review – Rebecca Alasdair

2019 in review

2019 has been a year of change for me. Not only did I graduate uni and receive my first Real Job offer, but I reached some very significant milestones when it comes to my writing. Come and check out what I accomplished this year, and whether I achieved my ten key goals!! → When…

BLOGIVERSARY: 2 years of blogging + 2 new excerpts from my WIPs!

Today marks TWO WHOLE YEARS since I officially launched this website, and thus Rebecca Alasdair was born. I have a couple of things in store for my 2nd blogiversary, including 2 brand-new excerpts from my WIPs. Please come and join the celebration! → Incredibly, it has now been two whole years since I officially launched…

Connect with me on Pinterest!

I have been wanting to get involved in the Pinterest community FOREVER, but only now have I finally gotten around to setting up my account. I’d love to connect with all of you on this platform, so come tell me about your own Pinterest experiences, and take a peek at the boards that I’m constructing!…

Ten tentative targets for 2019

Happy New Year! We’re already almost two weeks into 2019, but I’ve been enjoying some time off before launching myself into what will no doubt be a very busy 12 months. Goal-setting is going to be a challenge this year, but here’s my best shot! → 2019 is going to be a year of change…

The Layers Beneath Us

THE LAYERS BENEATH US: Introducing my new writing project – Rebecca Alasdair

THE LAYERS BENEATH US: Introducing my new writing project

I’m delighted to finally announce my brand new writing project! This standalone novel is a YA contemporary that I’ll be starting to draft in November, and today I reveal what it’s all about. Come check out the mock cover, read the blurb, and learn the years-long background!! → As you are probably aware, one of…

On Blogging

How to migrate your WordPress.com site – Rebecca Alasdair

How to migrate your WordPress.com site

I’ve finally bit the bullet and transferred my WordPress.com blog to self-hosted WordPress! While I’m loving it so far, the process was a little daunting, so I thought I’d share the steps required in site migration and the key resources I used. Please come and share your own experiences or ask me any questions you…

How to find ideas for your writing blog – Rebecca Alasdair

How to find ideas for your writing blog

When I sat down to decide what I was going to blog about this week, I found myself drawing a blank. It can be a real challenge to keep those ideas coming, so today I thought I’d share the key sources and categories from which I find inspiration. Writers and bloggers, come forth and share…

Graceborn

A call for beta readers! – Rebecca Alasdair

A call for beta readers!

*CLOSED FOR NOW* I am OFFICIALLY looking for beta readers for the first book in my WIP fantasy series! Blood of Old (Graceborn #1) is a 195,000-word novel about two brothers, one a healer and the other a troublemaker, thrown into an ancient conflict where they both have a role to play. Keep reading for…

GRACEBORN: NaNoWriMo + next steps + book 2 reveal!

Did you participate in NaNoWriMo 2019? I did, and I finally finished the draft of the first book in my fantasy series Graceborn! Woohoo! Come and check out the details, featuring some exciting SNIPPETS from the book, what I plan to do next, and the reveal of the title and mock cover for book two!!…

My characters as Major Arcana tarot cards – Rebecca Alasdair

My characters as Major Arcana tarot cards

There has been a recent trend in the bookish community to make tarot cards with the characters in popular books, so I decided to have some fun and match the key players from my WIP fantasy series Graceborn with the Major Arcana cards! Come and check out my list, and tell me if you’ve ever…

Holding Up the Sky

A call for beta readers!

**NOW CLOSED** I am OFFICIALLY looking for beta readers! Set in Melbourne, Australia, “Holding Up the Sky” is an 84,000 word contemporary YA novel about love, loss and the dangers of not being true to yourself. Keep reading for details on how to apply! → “The weight of the sky—of the whole world—was pushing…

About Me

5 healthy snacks to power a writer’s brain

I’ve been low on motivation recently, which has got me thinking about how I maintain concentration while writing or studying. The answer: brain food! Today, I share five of my favourite healthy snacks that I make to power my mind, and I’d love to hear all about yours! → FRUIT SMOOTHIES I just love…

Other Pins

THE LAYERS BENEATH US: Introducing my new writing project – Rebecca Alasdair

THE LAYERS BENEATH US: Introducing my new writing project

I’m delighted to finally announce my brand new writing project! This standalone novel is a YA contemporary that I’ll be starting to draft in November, and today I reveal what it’s all about. Come check out the mock cover, read the blurb, and learn the years-long background!! → As you are probably aware, one of…

What I’ve done to prep for NaNoWriMo 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

What I’ve done to prep for NaNoWriMo 2020

November is just around the corner, and with it comes NaNoWriMo 2020! Today I share the step-by-step process I’ve gone through to prepare myself for this year’s challenge without getting burnt out. Come and join the discussion about planning new writing projects!! → November is just around the corner, and with it comes the…

That’s a wrap! September 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! September 2020

September 2020 has been one of those months that is both shockingly short and impossibly long! While life in lockdown continues, I’ve made some great writing progress and read 4 incredible books. Come check out the details and tell me what you’ve been up to!! → September 2020 has been one of those months which…

Playing God: Inventing infrastructure for your fantasy WIP – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: Inventing infrastructure for your fantasy WIP

Infrastructure is the set of facilities and systems that allow societies to function from day-to-day, and is therefore an essential element of world-building. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the integrated nature of infrastructure, some important considerations, and give a sneak peak at the infrastructure in my own fantasy WIP! → SERIES CONTENTS 👍 Introduction | 💡 Creation | 🌟 Cosmology | ☯ Religion…

How to migrate your WordPress.com site – Rebecca Alasdair

How to migrate your WordPress.com site

I’ve finally bit the bullet and transferred my WordPress.com blog to self-hosted WordPress! While I’m loving it so far, the process was a little daunting, so I thought I’d share the steps required in site migration and the key resources I used. Please come and share your own experiences or ask me any questions you…

3rd BLOGIVERSARY: Exciting announcement + international giveaway! – Rebecca Alasdair

3rd BLOGIVERSARY: Exciting announcement + international giveaway!

Come and help me celebrate THREE YEARS since I first launched this website and introduced Rebecca Alasdair to the world! To commemorate this occasion, I share my key achievements, make a very exciting announcement, and am hosting an international giveaway!! → Today marks exactly three years since I published my very first post on this…

Playing God: Music, art & literature in the world of your WIP – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: Music, art & literature in the world of your WIP

Music, art and literature are three of the “cultural universals” found in every society, so they ought to be considered when world-building for a fantasy WIP. In today’s Playing God post, I explore each of these aspects in some detail, and give a sneak peek at the music, art and literature in my own fantasy…

That’s a wrap! July 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! July 2020

In some ways, July has been par for the course for 2020, but I’m trying to focus on the positives. I’ve made some great reflections this month, have progressed my writing projects, and read some of my favourite books of the year. Come check out the details and share your achievements with me!! → Well,…

How to be a productive writer while stuck at home – Rebecca Alasdair

How to be a productive writer while stuck at home

Since the end of March, I’ve been working from home while chipping away at all my writing projects. I’ve had to adjust to this new routine, but have learned some valuable lessons, and today I share some of the strategies I’ve used to maintain my productivity. I’d love to hear about yours! → This…

The year so far: Mid-2020 goal check – Rebecca Alasdair

The year so far: Mid-2020 goal check

We’ve made it to the second half of the year! Given everything that’s happened to date, I thought it a great opportunity to assess the progress I’ve made on my goals, and whether they need to be amended. Come and find out what has and hasn’t been working for me!! → When I published my…

That’s a wrap! June 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! June 2020

What. A. Month. June 2020 hasn’t been the most productive for me, but it’s sure been a crazy time. I’m excited to share what I’ve been up to, so come and check out the details of my writing progress, the books I’ve read, and some cute photos of my newest family member!! → What. A.…

A non-exhaustive list of character terminology – Rebecca Alasdair

A non-exhaustive list of character terminology

Characters are the lens through which a reader is guided through a narrative. There are many different types of characters that exist within a story, and the terminology of these can be confusing. So here is a summary of the most common character terms and definitions!! → A character is a person or other…

Playing God: The language of your fantasy world – Rebecca Alasdair

Playing God: The language of your fantasy world

Language is how we communicate, an inextricable part of our everyday lives, and an important consideration when creating a fantasy world. In today’s Playing God post, I explore the significance of language, how to shape vernacular and new phrases, and give a sneak peak at the language in my own fantasy WIP!! → SERIES CONTENTS…

That’s a wrap! May 2020 – Rebecca Alasdair

That’s a wrap! May 2020

May 2020 feels like one of those months that have gone on FOREVER, but at the same time I’ve tried to make the most of the situation. I reached an exciting milestone with my writing and read some great books, so come check out the details and tell me how you are!! → For me,…

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Mismatched covers: My bookish pet peeve – Rebecca Alasdair

Mismatched covers: My bookish pet peeve

What are some of your biggest pet peeves when it comes to books? I’ve made no secret of the fact that I hate it when the covers of books in the same series don’t match, and this week I’m in the mood for a rant about it. Please, come and join me, and tell me…