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.

Men Writing Women, Passive Voice, and Overused Clichés: A Look Back at 2019

It's that time of year when we look back and wonder, "What the hell have I done with the past year?"

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!

[Podcast] Episode Two – Twisting Fantasy Tropes

In this episode, we tackle fantasy tropes. How can writers twist conventional fantasy ideas to create unique and interesting angles? We look at a few examples and discuss some ways of finding originality. Plus, the results of our competition! Start listening via one of the below (more to be added shortly). Spotify iTunes Google Music… Continue reading [Podcast] Episode Two – Twisting Fantasy Tropes

A Quick Guide to Making Quality Podcasts (for Free!)

The podcast market is huge and growing. Making a #podcast has never been more simple or accessible and this presents writers with brilliant opportunities to reach new audiences. In this quick guide, I talk you through everything you need to do to get your voice out there and heard.

Is The Novel Dead?

Is the novel dead? I'm running a poll in response to an article I saw a couple weeks back and I want to hear from the #writingcommunity.

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.

Mini-Episode – Medieval Settings in Fantasy

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-tgpmd-c95af9 In this shorter episode, JM and Richie discuss a cliche they didn't get round to discussing in episode one: medieval settings in the fantasy genre. It's a hot topic amongst readers and writers at the moment. What are your views? Are you sick and tired of muddy villages and wooden houses, stone castles, swords,… Continue reading Mini-Episode – Medieval Settings in Fantasy