Welcome to my chapter in the gargantuan book that is the internet! As you may have guessed, I’m a fantasy writer. And this is my space to celebrate two things I love—reading and writing.
You’ll Never Write Alone
Writing can be a tough and lonely pursuit, something we pour our hearts and souls into, and the results can be cruel. I know what it’s like to battle the demons of doubt, to suffer rejection and migraine-inducing frustration.
To combat those feelings, I study the craft as much as I can and what I learn I share for the benefit of you and everybody else. Head over to my blog, The Writer’s Tool Shed, for a stack of writing guides and support, especially relevant if you’re in the business of writing fantasy books.
And to help you along on your quest, you can download a copy of my brand new book on writing, Thoughts On Writing, for free when you join my Community of Writers. It covers all aspects of storytelling, plus a look at building your author brand and getting your stories published.
Celebrate Your Love of Reading
I’m a reader as much as I am a fantasy writer. I love to escape into fantastical worlds and marry myself to the causes of charismatic and intriguing characters.
Now more than ever I feel that we could all do with an escape, and reading can give us that. So when you join my Community of Readers, you’ll receive a free copy of my collection of published short fiction, Flying On The Ground.
When I describe this as a community, I mean it. I’m always happy to review any bits of work or answer any writing-related queries you may have. And if I can’t help, I’ll do my best to find someone who can.
The way we improve is by helping each other and that’s the ethos behind everything I do.
Discover Your Next Favourite Fantasy Books
I love to read, fantasy books above all else. And I think this all down to the escape that they provide. As George RR Martin said, a reader lives a thousand lives and the person who doesn’t lives only one.
As much as I can I share book recommendations and opportunities for people to get their hands on free or cheap copies. One way I do that is through my community of readers. Each month I partner up with writers from all over the globe to share their latest and hottest releases with our community.
And as well as sharing books by other writers, I also have my own. I write both fiction and non-fiction. On the fictional side, you can check out Pariah’s Lament, Tales of Tervia and Flying on the Ground. And on the non-fiction side there’s A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook and Thoughts on Writing. You can get both Flying on the Ground and Thoughts on Writing for free when you join my mailing list. To do that, just click here.
So if you’d like to get your hands on some free fantasy books, join the community!
A Home For Fantasy Authors
Like I said above, I try to help my fellow fantasy authors out as much as possible. Writing a fantasy novel is an incredibly tricky challenge, filled with pitfalls and obstacles. Even the best fantasy novelists struggle.
To help you out, I have a bunch of fantasy writing tools. You’ll be able to find:
- A list of fantasy magazines and journals
- Online writing groups
- A list of fantasy publishers
- And a list of book reviewers
If you prefer the written word, head over to my writing blog. There are hundreds of posts on there, covering pretty much every aspect of fantasy writing, such as a complete guide on worldbuilding, fantasy subgenres, and medieval archery and armour.
You’ll also find lots of useful posts on author marketing and book marketing and how to build your author brand.
I also co-host a podcast called The Fantasy Writer’s Toolshed, which is devoted to writing tips and discussions, all focused on writing fantasy fiction, as well as a bit of writing science fiction too.
You can find episodes on writing fantasy short stories, fantasy cliches, worldbuilding and twisting fantasy tropes, plus loads more topics helpful to the fantasy writer.
So, if you’ve always wanted to become a fantasy writer, you’ve found the right place.
Most Popular Writing Guides
Below, you can find links to my most popular pages. They’re a general mix of fantasy writing guides, book marketing guides and general writing guides:
- Click here to check out my guide to fantasy armor.
- Head here to read about 5 mistakes men can make when writing women characters
- Read about religion in fantasy by clicking here.
- Click here to learn how to plot a story
- Or head here for a guide on medieval castles and keeps, perfect research for any fantasy writer
- What is passive voice? Find out here
- How to avoid fantasy tropes and cliches
- A guide on using the 5 senses in writing
- Head here for a detailed guide on fantasy worldbuilding
- The 10 most hated writing rules, as voted for by writers
- How to improve as a writer
- A guide to the fantasy genre and its many subgenres
- How to write great prose
There are lots more writing guides and posts you can check out, many tailored to the fantasy writer, which you can view by clicking here.
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