Episode One: Fantasy Clichés

In our very first episode, we're looking at fantasy clichés. What are they? Why are they bad? How can you avoid them? How can you use them? We tackle the chosen one, wise old mentors, fantasy races, and evil villains for evil's sake. Plus, we've got a few freebies to give away!

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!

[Guest Post] Representing LGBTQIA+ People in Writing

I'm delighted to introduce @AveryTeoda, a wonderful writer of spec fic who's put together a truly insightful and thorough piece on a topic that a lot of people approach with uncertainity

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.

A Swift Guide to Cover Letters

The task of writing a cover letter can sometimes feel tougher than writing the actual story. Luckily, guidance is plentiful and having studied that guidance, I’ve put together a quick guide complete with examples.

[Poll Results] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

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

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.

Creating Languages

Writing fantasy can so often leave you caught up in a web of your own making. Most fantasy involves a secondary world, that is a world different from our own. Granted, it doesn’t have to be totally original, but it raises the question: how different should we make it? Should we scrap everything we know and play God and build from scratch? Should we shape and morph things that already exist? Or should we keep what everyone finds familiar? These questions can be asked when it comes to inventing anything for our worlds, but one such area in which it’s particularly prevalent is with language. In this new world of ours, does everyone speak the same language?

The Essence of Science Fiction and Fantasy

Today I present a guest post by Ed White, writer of fantasy and science fiction. It's these two genres that his article focuses on, discussing their origins, their very essence, and, as Ed puts it, 'the legion' of sub-genres that have developed to make these genres two of the most exciting, inspirational and forward-thinking of all.

[Guest Post] Spirituality and Magic in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

I'm delighted to introduce Ed White, writer of creative and visionary fiction, who's contributing to the blog this week with an insightful post on a significant subject in SFF: spirituality and religion. Enjoy!