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The Jinn: A Quick Guide On Writing Jinn Characters

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ The Jinn:A Quick Guide on WritingJinn Characters Western pop culture and media have misrepresented another non-western topic, the jinn, to the point where they’ve been romantasized and even fetishized. And due to their disbelief in things that aren’t “visible” jinn are considered “mythological” or “supernatural” beings (and as Muslims, it’s a

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How to Write Muslim Characters

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ The Ultimate Guide on Writing Muslim Characters In the last decade, there have been a great number of fiction books with Muslim characters. I appreciate that the media is trying to be more inclusive and diverse, but what they (still) fail to do is portray Muslims accurately (or they limit what’s

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List of Free Book Promotion Sites

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ List of Websites Where You Can Promote Your Books for Free Published a book and want to share it with the world but don’t have the budget for ads and marketing? Here’s a list of websites that offer FREE book promotion. Just make sure your book meets the requirements when applying!  eBook

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A List of Interesting Websites

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ A List of Interesting Websites Here’s a list of interesting websites I’ve found over the years. I’ll update these regularly, so make sure to bookmark this page. Warning: You might spend a little too much time on them! Weave Silk: Interactive generative art Fluid Simulation: Interactive fluid art Inkarnate: Make maps

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Inspiration Behind A Thousand Silver Crescents

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Inspiration BehindA Thousand Silver Crescents Back in 2012, there was a fantasy short story contest hosted by SFF indie authors (it’s not around anymore). I don’t remember what the prompt was, but I wrote a story called “The Sacrifice” loosely inspired by 1001 Nights and the Maldivian legend of how Islam

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Islamic Writing Prompts

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Islamic Writing Prompts A few years ago, I taught at a non-profit Islamic school. But I didn’t teach about Islam. I was an academic teacher—my job was to teach Math, Science, Social Studies, and English. But when it came to writing, I had no idea how to come with ideas to

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My Inspiration List

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ My Inspiration List In this short post, I’ll include a list of the things that inspire me (and you might find them in my books). The categories are setting, characters, plot & tropes, and objects & miscellaneous. This list post idea came from Young Adult author Marissa Meyer’s Instagram post. Settings

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Top Ten Sci-Fi Tropes I Love

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Top Ten Sci-Fi Tropes I Love Here’s my list of science-fiction tropes I’ll never get tired of reading (in no particular order): Space travel (who doesn’t love traversing through the stars?) High-technology (aside from lasers, the tech that seems realistic, yet magical) Light speed travel (hyperspace, warp space, etc.) Humankind as

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Top Ten Fantasy Tropes I Love

بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ Top Ten Fantasy Tropes I Love Here’s a list of the top ten fantasy things I love (in no particular order). Dragons (I NEED one to beat traffic and roast anyone who might offend us, heheh!) Swords (I LOVE these weapons!) Curses (not of the swearing variety, but the other one cast

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