World-Building: Creating A World

Here's the final teaser chapter from my new book, A Fantasy Writers' Handbook. In the Handbook you'll find three chapters on the topic: creating a world, revealing a world, and approaches to world-building. Today, I thought I'd share with you the first of the three.

Short Story News: Noodlin’

I had a short story published today in Kzine, the first one in what feels like aeons!

The Length of Stories

I see many people seeking guidance on how long their novels and stories should be. Having compiled lists of publishers of short and long fantasy fiction I've noticed a few trends. This article looks at the lengths publishers seek for fiction in their various forms: micro, flash, short, novelettes, novellas, and novels. But it begins with a few words of caution.

Lists of Publishers Updated

I've been busy updating my lists of fantasy publishers for both short fiction and long fiction. The short fiction list now contains 80 publishers ranging from prozines to token publishers. Whatever stage you're up to in your writing journey, there'll be a publisher on there for you.

What Makes You Put Down a Book?

I wrote to book reviewers and undertook polls on a number of Facebook groups: AmWritingFantasy (693 members), Fantasy Writers Support Group (5,447 members), The Phoenix Quill (846 members), and Writing Bad (8,000 members). The results are pretty interesting and hopefully will be of some use to writers.

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.

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 #5 – My Writing Day – Lucy Summers

Today I'm delighted to introduce fantasy writer Lucy Summers. I met Lucy in an online writing community a few months ago. She's always the one sharing helpful and encouraging things. Lucy's just finished her first novel and is about to embark upon the quest of getting it published. Enough of me, here's Lucy:

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.