Why are dragon myths so prevalent in nearly every culture in the world?
Dragons are probably the most common magical creature to appear in myths and legends all over the world. Even now, they make regular appearances in fantasy books/series such as Harry Potter and Game of Thrones. While portrayals differ, they are usually large, serpentine reptiles capable of flying and breathing fire.
But how did dragon myths become such an ingrained part of both eastern and western legends? Here, we’ll take a look at dragons from cultures around the world.
Chinese dragons have an ancient literary tradition, going back 5000+ years. Unlike in Western culture, Chinese dragons symbolize imperial authority and good fortune. They are powerful beings connected to the innate magic of the earth, commanding power over water, rainfall, typhoons and floods. The Chinese consider dragon years in the zodiac the most auspicious. …
A guide to getting the most out of email marketing automation
Ignore the haters. It’s 2020 and email marketing isn’t dead. It’s alive and kicking, and one of the most valuable tools in your arsenal if you’re running a business.
Not only is it a cost-effective marketing tactic, but it also works. In 2019, marketers reported an average of $42 return for every $1 spent on email marketing. That’s an incredible ROI without even considering all the long-term benefits that email marketing brings.
Email marketing works because you’re essentially communicating with your existing fanbase: people who have already bought your products or service, or were interested enough to fill out a form on your website at least. …
Writing helps us deal with our feelings in a safe, controlled space
Living through a global pandemic is, no doubt, a terrifying and stress-inducing experience. It’s no surprise that so many people’s mental health is being affected, with a recent poll finding that nearly half of Americans feel that their mental health is being harmed by coronavirus.
Months on end of dealing with isolation, constant uncertainty, fear, and disruptions to everyday routines are compounding existing mental health problems and even causing people who have been mentally healthy in the past to struggle.
Now, more than ever, seems like a good time to talk about how writing out our feelings can help us cope with these devastating changes, particularly when our options are so limited. …
A place of magic, heroism, and danger, enchanted forests have a long literary history
Throughout millennia, the Enchanted Forest has appeared in countless tales of heroism and magic. It’s one of the oldest tropes in storytelling; a place where danger, opportunity, and fantasy intertwine.
Why are writers so captivated by the idea of the Enchanted Forest? Very often the forest illustrates the hero’s transformation; in the forest they lose their way, they are forced to face hard truths about themselves or their world, or they are tested for their strength of character. …
I’ve known since I was very young that I wanted to become an author one day. It was my biggest ambition in life.
I read constantly. And then I wrote stories myself. I wrote until my eyes hurt and I was sick of it, but then kept doing it anyway. And when the time came to choose a university degree, English and creative writing seemed like the obvious choice, since it involved my two favorite activities.
At the time, a lot of people expressed worry for me. What are the job prospects? they would ask with a concerned frown. Many assumed I wanted to become an English teacher, or a journalist, which are the typical careers expected of English graduates. …
What makes a good novel? A gripping plot, forward momentum, relatable characters, and authentic emotion.
What makes a good brand? Funnily enough, a lot of the same things.
The best novelists — think Neil Gaiman, J.K Rowling, Terry Pratchett — have mastered the art of storytelling, captivating people worldwide and igniting their imaginations.
Holding the attention of large swathes of the population for the length of time it takes to finish a novel is no easy feat, especially with the information overload and constant distractions we all experience in our everyday lives. …
Coronavirus has effectively suspended capitalism across a lot of the world. In a bid to keep national economies and societies from collapsing completely, many governments have announced mortgage holidays, bans on renter evictions, furlough schemes, and billions of pounds worth of financial aid for affected businesses.
We are living temporarily in a wartime economy resembling socialism.
Of course, none of this is sustainable in the long-term. The global economy is on life support, reliant on the ventilator of governmental aid as it tries not to buckle under the pressure caused by coronavirus disruption. …
It’s a Trafalgar square twilight and a drizzle is starting, but despite the weather the place is packed out with protestors, colorful tents, and drummers in a frenzy of anarchy and action.
The excitement in the air is electrifying, enough to draw in curious pedestrians and tourists. The famous lion statues now carry Extinction Rebellion flags in their mouths and ‘Act now’ banners are draped over the monument. The drummers gather in a circle and beat out a powerful rhythm that sounds like a battle cry.
As the sky darkens I snap photos of protestors walking through the campsite with XR logos emblazoned on their clothes and heavy backpacks full of supplies for the night ahead. They weave through the maze of tents carrying signs that say things like: ‘what did you do about the climate crisis, dad?’ …
Last year I was lucky enough to be selected for The Literary Consultancy’s ‘free read’ scheme, which is a merit-based scheme offered to low-income writers who they think have potential.
I was quickly paired up with best-selling YA author C.J flood, author of ‘Infinite sky’ and ‘Nightwanderers.’ She was kind enough to write me a detailed report on the 20k words I submitted to her of my current novel.
This 7-page pdf contained some very insightful comments on my storyline, character development, and general writing technique.
Sure, the report wasn’t a glowing review of what I’d convinced myself was my best book yet (I convince myself that every novel I write is going to be ‘the one’ until it isn’t) but what I did gain were some invaluable, personalised tips that have made me a better writer in the long run. …
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” — Kahlil Gibran
The house burnt like a matchstick, orange plumes reaching hungrily towards the dying sun.
The flames billowed outwards in sweltering waves of heat, growing bigger and fiercer as the wooden structure collapsed beneath them as if it were a majestic animal being forced to its knees.
As she watched the fire engulf her childhood home, Ella felt tears wet her cheeks, a mix of nostalgia and relief. It was over. Maybe now, she could finally move on.
‘Are you sure the bones will be destroyed?’ she asked Adam, who stood watching the flames beside her with the same mesmerized look on this face. …