Top Tools for Writers 2019

Some of the writing tools I came across this year saved me from losing a few coins to the swear jar. Here are my top 6!
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Novel News: Read The First Chapter!

Some exciting news to kick-off 2020. The first Of Metal and Magic Compendium is out and available to the eyes of the world. Even more exciting: the first six chapters of my novel are contained within its covers! … Read More >Novel News: Read The First Chapter!

Is Reading Facing an Existential Crisis?

This is the transcript for the episode of The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed podcast of the same title. You can listen to the episode by clicking the links below. … Read More >Is Reading Facing an Existential Crisis?

Join me today on r/Fantasy for a discussion on short fiction!

I’m hosting an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session over on Reddit’s r/Fantasy today to promote Flying … Continue ReadingJoin me today on r/Fantasy for a discussion on short fiction!

Release Day!

Here we are. Book day at last! My first ever fiction book is out and available to buy! I’m overwhelmed by the response it’s received so far. … Read More >Release Day!

World-building: Battle Tactics I

Dros Delnoch, Pelennor Fields, Julatsa, the Battle of the Bastards, Helms Deep. These are just some of the most iconic battles in fantasy. The writers of these epic clashes knew a thing or two about warfare, and this post aims to give you some research to aid your creation of the compelling and gripping clashes fantasy fans love so much.  … Read More >World-building: Battle Tactics I

Clitheroe Castle: A Case Study for the Fantasy Writer

Last week I took a drive up the motorway to the Duchy of Lancaster and to one of the smallest castles in England: Clitheroe. The purpose of this post is to give you some ideas for your world-building and writing. We’ll first look at the castle’s features before exploring what life would have been like in the castle back in ye day. … Read More >Clitheroe Castle: A Case Study for the Fantasy Writer

Killer Diseases of the Middle Ages

Diseases ravaged the lives of millions of people throughout the Middle Ages. A combination of bad diet, poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation and an ill-informed understanding of medicine left many people vulnerable to fatal infections.

Given many fantasy stories have a medieval setting, similar circumstances would give rise to diseases in a secondary world. As we’ll see, this presents interesting opportunities for the fantasy writer. … Read More >Killer Diseases of the Middle Ages

Religion in Fantasy

Religion and belief systems feature a great deal in the fantasy genre, and it’s unsurprising why. Religion, faiths and beliefs shape our own lives in a multitude of ways, providing purpose, meaning and structure. … Read More >Religion in Fantasy

Maidens, Wives, and Widows: The Lives of Women During the Middle Ages

Life changed a great deal for women during the Middle Ages, reducing the majority to three societal statuses: Maiden, Wife, and Widow. Get some inspiration for your fantasy stories with today’s Fantasy Friday article. … Read More >Maidens, Wives, and Widows: The Lives of Women During the Middle Ages