Illustrations

When writing (and reading, not least) you usually get a lot of visuals in your head. Which is one of the purposes of a text, to be honest. I love how text can do this and still retain the freedom of the reader in a way that images and video never can. Sometimes, however, it may be useful to get some illustrations – some pointers, if you like – to what some characters or places could look like. And this can especially become quite powerful if there is a defined artistic style to the expressions – it may shape entire generations of readers of popular works.

Lately, I have been exploring the possibility of having some illustrations in my book. I am by no means capable of doing this myself. But now it seems technology has finally caught up on this field as well. I have experimented with using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to generate some meaningful illustrations. We will see which actually make it into the book, but here are some examples:

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Approaching the final stretch of the first book

After having written on this book for quite some time, I am approaching the final stretch of the first book. There are still some pages left to write, and I am uncertain how long it will really be. But I have a clear overview in my head regarding what pieces that will be on the remaining pages. It is an interesting feeling. On one side, I can’t wait to get it done and have the first complete story from the Ardalaar universe on paper. On the other side, I am scared for the moment when I don’t have more story to write in this book, as I really enjoy writing and telling the story. I am guessing that there is a fair chance that there will be more books after this first one. Or some other format. I definitely have more story to tell after this first part.

As usual, the mountains of VesterĂĄlen in the North of Norway is a fabulous place of inspiration.

What music inspires you?

In my experience, music can have a tremendous effect on many things in life, including my writing. Mostly as a source of inspiration. Therefore, I have made a separate playlist for songs and pieces that “get me in the mood” for writing. Typically, the music I listen to sets a fitting atmosphere or makes me more productive. Here is a list with music I like listening to while working on my book and stories.

  • Music from The Hobbit (the movie by Peter Jackson)
  • Music from the computer game Lord of the Rings Online (mostly made by Chance Thomas)
  • Music from the computer game Heroes of Might and Magic VI
  • Music from the computer game King’s Bounty
  • “Get to France” (with Maggie Reilly)
  • Music of my own making (The World of Ardalaar)
  • Music from the album Epic Fantasy Adventure by Siren Cues / APM Music
  • Music from the album Dragons, Wizards & Thrones: Epic Fantasy Adventure Trailer Music with the Hollywood Film Music Orchestra
  • Music by The Piano Guys

What music inspires you to write? Feel free to reply with your favorites, or with suggestions for fitting music for writing fantasy texts.

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Tales of Ardalaar now has its own official Facebook page! You can find it here:

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I’d also like to give out a reminder of the official Tales of Ardalaar twitter account: @TalesofArdalaar.

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