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!

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 Cliches in Fantasy

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