9 Invaluable Tools for Writers

From spelling, grammar and prose to finding publishers and making maps, there’s a ripe bunch of resources out there designed to make the writer’s life that little bit easier. And many of them are free! Over the years I’ve tried quite a few and some I use every day. Below you’ll find a list of my the ones I've found most helpful.

5 Things I Learned Publishing AFWH

AFWH has been out for 2 weeks and I've at last had a chance to reflect on the experience. Here are 5 things I've learned, from pre-order campaigns to managing expectations

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.

The end of another year…

In June I began this blog with a post on the writing process. I was always a bit apprehensive about starting a blog. What have I got of worth to give to the world? I managed to shake that niggling thought.

Prose: “Tell me, and I’ll forget.” Showing Instead of Telling

In his book, On Writing, Sol Stein provides a very helpful guide on something writers so often hear about: showing the story instead of telling it. Do you remember asking someone, a family member perhaps, to tell you a story? It's almost as if we've been conditioned to tell rather than show.

We did it!

Yesterday, after months of promising, I finally got to treat the residents of Ranelagh House to a rare day out to the cinema to watch 'White Christmas'.

The Writer’s Shop Window

If a reader wants to learn more about you and your writing the first thing they’re going to look for is your website. Like looking through a shop window, if they see something which intrigues them, they may step inside and buy something. In not having a website you’re missing out on precious opportunities to connect with potential followers. This article first looks at how to make a site, what it ought to feature, before finishing with a discussion about blogging

Real Writing Stories #4 – My Writing Day – Marya Miller

I'm delighted to share the writing day of Marya Miller, a wonderful person who I met through social media. Marya is an excellent storyteller with some fantastic ideas. Not long ago I read her collection of short fiction, Tales of Mist and Magic, and fell in love with the characters, Granny Maberly in particular.

The NaNoWriMo Review

NaNoWriMo has come to an end for another year. This was my first time, and after speaking about taking part before the event I thought I ought to share my experience.

A fantasy writer’s guide to … Castles and Keeps: Part Two

In our first assault, we tackled a few of the main types of fortification found in castles—towers, gatehouses, moats, drawbridges—as well as looking at some of the earlier types of medieval fortifications. Today we're going in for a second charge to tackle walls, battlements, and the structures within the walls.   "Ride now! Ride for… Continue reading A fantasy writer’s guide to … Castles and Keeps: Part Two