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!

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!

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.

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 on the Ground, my collection of short fiction which came out earlier in the month.   The focus of the discussion is on short fiction. I found it a terrific experience for the soul looking back on all the short… Continue reading Join me today on r/Fantasy for a discussion on short fiction!

Happenings

Here's whats been going on in my world of writing, with the latest on my new book 'Flying on the Ground', short story news, and a chance for you to win a free T-shirt!

[Poll Results] Overused Character Cliches in Fantasy

Here are the results of my research into overused character tropes in the #fantasy genre. What do you think came top?

[Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

There’s been a buzz of discussion lately about overused character tropes in the fantasy genre—the orphan child fated to save the world; the lone wolf assassin; the hot-headed and reckless protagonist; elves who love trees and loathe dwarves. It’s made for some incredibly insightful reading, allowing writers to see what readers are tiring of, potential… Continue reading [Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

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.

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.

26 Publishers of Long Fantasy Fiction

I hope you're all enjoying the Easter weekend, anyway, with plenty of chocolaty treats to gorge on. Here's a little Easter treat from me: a list of 26 publishers of long fantasy fiction.