Short Story News: Noodlin’

I had a short story published today in Kzine, the first one in what feels like aeons! … Read More >Short Story News: Noodlin’

A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook Teaser: Blogging

We’re just under a month away from the release of A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook and today I’m delighted to give you another glimpse inside the covers. When somebody first suggested blogging to me I told them in no uncertain terms to ‘eff off’. My concern was that I had nothing worthwhile to say, nothing anyone would find interesting. In this teaser chapter, I reveal what changed my mind, what I’ve learned in my years of blogging, and some ways to make some cash in this developing field. … Read More >A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook Teaser: Blogging

The Wheels of Change

Everything in this world of ours changes. Mountains crumble into the sea. Islands disappear. Forests become icecaps. Change is eternal. It is one of life’s only constants. For some of us, we welcome it, embrace it. Others resist. … Read More >The Wheels of Change

Men Writing Women: 5 Mistakes To Watch Out For

Today I’m delighted to introduce Savannah Cordova, a talented writer with Reedsy. Savannah has tackled a topic I follow both with interest and despair. … Read More >Men Writing Women: 5 Mistakes To Watch Out For

Creating Languages

Writing fantasy can so often leave you caught up in a web of your own making. Most fantasy involves a secondary world, that is a world different from our own. Granted, it doesn’t have to be totally original, but it raises the question: how different should we make it? Should we scrap everything we know and play God and build from scratch? Should we shape and morph things that already exist? Or should we keep what everyone finds familiar?

These questions can be asked when it comes to inventing anything for our worlds, but one such area in which it’s particularly prevalent is with language. In this new world of ours, does everyone speak the same language? … Read More >Creating Languages

New Resource: A Guide to Building a Website

My website and the blog I decided to create helped get me my first book deal. That’s what a website can do, and it’s why this article by Robert Mening is well worth a read … Read More >New Resource: A Guide to Building a Website

The Most Hated Writing ‘Rules’ – The Results

Franzen’s list of ‘rules’ touched a nerve with many writers. I wanted to find out why. Here are the results of a bit of research… … Read More >The Most Hated Writing ‘Rules’ – The Results

Knowing When to Re-write

When all you have for counsel is yourself, you can never be sure if a re-write is the right thing to do. What if the original version is better? What if I’ve made it worse? There are, however, some things we can do to help make this crucial and difficult decision a little easier. … Read More >Knowing When to Re-write