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Andrea Cerasoni

Fantasy Author

I'm Andrea, a Software Engineer and aspiring Fantasy Author. In my newsletter, Fantasy Sunday, you can expect free resources on writing Fantasy fiction based on my experience and the most reputable online sources. I also share updates on my novels and valuable life hacks!

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Fantasy Sunday: Change of Focus 🎯 Subverting Fantasy Characters 🧙‍♂️

Hi all, As part of my continued effort to expand the platform, I regularly review what I'm putting out each month, what works, and what doesn't. There are always plenty of ideas floating around in my head, and although they all seem worthwhile, I know that to bring high-quality content to my following, I must sometimes shift my focus away from certain things and onto others. I recently found myself in the unfortunate position of having to decide what not to do, and refocus the time I have to...

17 days ago • 2 min read

Hi all, Today's issue will be a short one. The first item on the line is my most recent article, Find the Balance: Showing vs. Telling in Writing Dialogue, which has been published in partnership with the Campfire Learn blog! Campfire is a tool for writers and storytellers; check it out if you're a fellow writer! This is my first guest post and I am proud and grateful to the Campfire team for partnering with me on it. The second piece of news is that the Fantasy name generator I previewed in...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hi all, In this week's article, we speak about The Little Book of Ikigai by Ken Mogi, a short book that summarizes, with plenty of examples, the pillars of the Japanese-born philosophy. Ikigai, in short, is your reason to live. It is about achieving a happier, more fulfilled life. Ikigai re-focuses your attention on what's important, and I think it can offer something to everyone. It's a complex topic, deeply connected to Japanese society, but Ken Mogi does a good job of making it accessible....

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Hi all, After a few weeks off on holiday, I am back with regular newsletters and lots of news to share! First off, there are two new Blog posts I invite you to check out: Read How to Write Dialogue in a Story to learn how to write good and useful dialogue and balance showing versus telling. Hard vs Soft Magic Systems explores magic systems with plenty of examples and a deep dive into Sanderson's Laws of Magic. Secondly, during the holiday, I had some time to complete Chapter 2 of A Wizard's...

about 2 months ago • 2 min read

Hi all, This week we delve into one of my favorite topics: Stoicism. I also share some juicy updates regarding the platform and the work I'm doing. Stoicism Stoicism is a philosophy of life — a collection of mental frameworks, strategies, and ideas aimed at improving our lives and making us better members of society. In my latest blog, Best Stoicism Books, I introduce the philosophy and talk about the best books on Stoicism. I highly recommend checking this one out. Website Enhancements On a...

2 months ago • 3 min read

Issue #5March 17th, 2024 Hi friends, Stories have "bad people" who are often driven by greed for power, and a morally questionable agenda. They are necessary to make a story exciting. They create conflict in the plot. Except, sometimes they're not people. A tidal wave crashing into a city, or a meteor striking the planet. They're not people at all. In my latest, blog, Villain vs Antagonist in Fantasy Fiction, I explain the difference between Villains and Antagonist and why, as readers and...

2 months ago • 2 min read

Issue #4March 10th, 2024 Hi all, This week has been a productive one! I've finally come around to writing one of the most challenging but satisfying blog posts I had planned. In How To Write A Fantasy Novel, I give a step-by-step approach to starting your own novel, reflecting on what I did wrong in my past attempts, and what I'm doing differently now. I wrote it as a way to clarify in my head how a novel can be written, and to reassure myself that in fact, it's not impossible. I also reflect...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Issue #3March 3rd, 2024 Hi friends, Today marks a major milestone in my author journey. My blog has finally ranked on Google! Yes, you heard it right: you can find my articles via Google searches! Not only that, but I'm ranking for 7 keywords, 4 of which are in the US. Thrilled to see a Harry Potter keyword in there too! Organic Keywords for andreacerasoni.com in the USA Search appearance for andreacerasoni.com in the UK Despite the ranking positions being relatively low (33rd result being...

3 months ago • 4 min read

Issue #2February 24th, 2024 Hi all, Welcome to Fantasy Sunday, the newsletter where I share the progress on my books, my recent learnings and life hacks, and introduce new blog articles. This week, I've not been too well 🤒When I felt ok, I spent time on my recent article What Is a Website? which covers some very simple concepts behind websites and the internet. Given you are receiving this newsletter, I will assume that you are a savvy internet user. If you've ever wondered what websites are...

3 months ago • 2 min read

Issue #1February 18th, 2024 Hi all, Welcome to the second issue of Fantasy Sunday, the newsletter where I share the progress on my books, my recent learnings and life hacks, and introduce new blog articles. For anyone who noticed, yes, I am counting the issues beginning from 0. That's how we count in Software Engineering! So the first issue is #0, the second #1, and so forth. This week, I've spent a beautiful weekend in nature with my partner and her family, caught up on my day job, and...

3 months ago • 4 min read
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