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

A Look Inside AFWH: Dialogue

As you may or may not be aware, I’m in the process of drafting ‘A Fantasy Writer’s Handbook’, a non-fiction guide to writing fiction, fantasy fiction in particular. The book is split into three parts: fiction writing, fantasy writing, and what to do when the writing is done. Today, as a little midweek treat, I thought I’d share one of the chapters from part one: Dialogue. … Read More >A Look Inside AFWH: Dialogue

Keep on Truckin’

Writing can be like a game of snakes and ladders. You inch your way toward the top, only for a snake to appear and banish you to the pits of misery. That’s how it feels, anyway.

What is the magic formula for success? … Read More >Keep on Truckin’

Plotting: The Crucible

The crucible is one of the simplest and most effective plotting tools. At its core is the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist. The conflict they share spawns plot. It illustrates wonderfully the interwoven relationship enjoyed between character and plot. … Read More >Plotting: The Crucible

Turning to Art for Inspiration

Sometimes the ideas dry up. Trump’s Wall blocks out creativity and all you can do is lament. A terrific solution to those droughts, I’ve found, is art … Read More >Turning to Art for Inspiration

Invaluable Writing Advice: Part II

Not long ago I put together a post sharing some invaluable writing advice offered by award-winning novelist, Colum McCann in his book, Letters to a Young Writer. But I’d only made it halfway through at the time, so I thought I’d share some further insights from the second half. … Read More >Invaluable Writing Advice: Part II

[Guest Post] On The Train to Know Where

I’m delighted to introduce novelist Gene Rosen who’s put together a satirical story on the click bait articles we all fall victim to. You know the ones, “3 ways to get published in a week”, “5 tips to make you write like Orwell.” You click on them and learn sweet F.A. Enough of me, over to Gene. … Read More >[Guest Post] On The Train to Know Where