[Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

There’s been a buzz of discussion lately about overused character tropes in the fantasy genre—the … Continue Reading[Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

5 Things I Learned Publishing AFWH

AFWH has been out for 2 weeks and I’ve at last had a chance to reflect on the experience. Here are 5 things I’ve learned, from pre-order campaigns to managing expectations … Read More >5 Things I Learned Publishing AFWH

‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

The paperback version of A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook is now available to buy! Ahead of … Continue Reading‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

Short Story News: Noodlin’

I had a short story published today in Kzine, the first one in what feels like aeons! … Read More >Short Story News: Noodlin’

A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook Teaser: Blogging

We’re just under a month away from the release of A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook and today I’m delighted to give you another glimpse inside the covers. When somebody first suggested blogging to me I told them in no uncertain terms to ‘eff off’. My concern was that I had nothing worthwhile to say, nothing anyone would find interesting. In this teaser chapter, I reveal what changed my mind, what I’ve learned in my years of blogging, and some ways to make some cash in this developing field. … Read More >A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook Teaser: Blogging

Cover Reveal: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

It’s time to reveal the front and back cover for A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook. I’m sure … Continue ReadingCover Reveal: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

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. … Read More >The Wheels of Change

Men Writing Women: 5 Mistakes To Watch Out For

Today I’m delighted to introduce Savannah Cordova, a talented writer with Reedsy. Savannah has tackled a topic I follow both with interest and despair. … Read More >Men Writing Women: 5 Mistakes To Watch Out For

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? … Read More >Creating Languages