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ED MCDONALD

THE RAVEN'S MARK

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I am a fantasy fiction writer and historical European martial arts enthusiast. I spend my days reading about swords, writing about people swinging swords and swinging swords at people. Find me at www.edmcdonaldwriting.com ! Like my page at https://www.facebook.com/edmcdonaldauthor/ Follow me on Twitter!

Nenn and Galharrow go Speed-Courting

Well, this might be the stupidest thing that I’ve ever written but what the hell. A Valentine’s Day inspired short about Nenn and Galharrow going speed-courting. Like the Christmas special, this is probably not canon…

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Editing your work: word redundancy

Having just finished the line edit for RAVENCRY, I’ve noticed that it has changed the way that I’m writing the draft of the next book in the Raven’s Mark series. Editing can sometimes feel like an isolated process, so I decided that I’d share the way that I’m approaching writing now.

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The cover letter that sold Blackwing

While I was going through some old files, I happened across the cover letter that I sent when I was submitting Blackwing. I thought that it be interesting to people to see it, so, here it is. It’s nothing flashy or that doesn’t go outside the kind of guidelines that you’d usually see, but well worth noting that I provided exactly what was asked for.

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World building, Diversity and Politics in Fantasy Writing

Well, lately the forums have been awash with discussions of diversity and politics in fantasy whether we’re talking about diversity of authors or characters.

This blog is going to deal with writing diverse characters from a world building perspective. I don’t have the data to discuss diversity of authors, so I won’t attempt to approach it, and others, with access to much better data, have already done a good job.

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Blackwing: Holiday Special

A short original story about the Blackwing guys spending some quality time together during the holiday period. Probably not canon.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

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Writing for Publication: Make a Plan

On Twitter I recently asked people what they found most difficult about writing. One of the recurring themes that came up was to do with actually getting down to writing. This blog is going to focus on the strategy that I used to write Blackwing, but one that I also teach at university for business purposes, and that I apply to pretty much anything that I try to achieve in life. Warning: this is a long post.

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Cover Reveal: RAVENCRY

Book 2 of The Raven’s Mark is out summer 2018.

Here’s the amazing US cover from publisher Ace, part of Penguin-Random House. Personally I think that Ace have outdone themselves with a striking cover that both carries the recognisable themes that identify a fantasy book, but that offers something new to a bookshelf.

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Set the world on fire: How I bypass writer’s block

Writing advice time.

I was at the WriteIdea Festival in London last weekend and an audience member asked me and Tom Lloyd what to do when the dreaded writer’s block strikes. I figured that I’d share what works for me, and maybe if you occasionally slam into the creativity wall, it might work for you too.

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How to Approach & Talk to Authors: A handy guide

Guys, I don’t know if you know this, and there’s no easy way to say it, so I’m just going to say it clearly here:

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