Sharing is Caring Thursday #6 Reviewers selling ARCs, world-building, agents, and using ‘and’ & ‘the’

This week I’m sharing a mix of articles courtesy of some of the excellent bloggers I follow. You’ll find an interesting research piece on the use of the words ‘and’ & ‘the’, insights into querying agents, the importance of world-building, and a very sad development in the world of writing, one all writers should be aware of: reviewers selling ARCs. … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursday #6 Reviewers selling ARCs, world-building, agents, and using ‘and’ & ‘the’

Prose: The Controversial Flashback

Why the hostility toward flashbacks? If done well, they work. But done badly, they break the reader’s experience, preventing them from discovering what happens next in the story. To quote editor, Sol Stein, “If we are enthralled, we don’t want to be interrupted.” The trick, therefore, if you feel compelled to use one, is to use the flashback in as little a disruptive way as possible. Here are a few techniques to help you do that. … Read More >Prose: The Controversial Flashback

The Pesky Peasantry of the Middle Ages

Welcome to another instalment of Fantasy Fridays. Today we’re looking at the lives of the medieval peasantry, a class of people somewhat shrouded in mystery—peasants weren’t good note-takers. In exploring the lives of the peasantry we’ll uncover what it was like to be one of them, the kinds of houses and towns they lived in, and what their day to day lives involved. There’s plenty of nuggets of information for you to pick up along the way which you can use to enrich your fantasy stories. … Read More >The Pesky Peasantry of the Middle Ages

Sharing is Caring Thursday #2 book covers, skeletal warriors, writing cliches, writing tips

It’s Sharing is Caring Thursday and I’m back with a few interesting finds from the world of blogging, and this week, vlogging. … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursday #2 book covers, skeletal warriors, writing cliches, writing tips

Dialogue: The Ingredients

Dialogue was one of the first aspects of creative writing I looked at on this here blog, and since then much has been learned on this crucial aspect of the craft. In this return article, we’ll look at what dialogue in fiction entails and the ingredients necessary for making it the most effective it can be, before finishing up with a few helpful editing tips. … Read More >Dialogue: The Ingredients

World-Building: A Minimalist Approach

Yesterday I was delighted to join Jesper Schmidt of AmWritingFantasy.com for a chat about world-building. Thank you, Jesper for having me. I had a great time! It remains to be seen if any of you will be able to understand my scouse accent. I thought I’d share my notes about what we discussed, namely a minimalistic approach to showing worlds, the best tips I’ve come across for revealing worlds, and a few tips about building a world. … Read More >World-Building: A Minimalist Approach

Sharing is Caring Thursdays #1 Newsletters, calls for submissions, best fantasy books of 2017, getting sales, and POVs

I spend a lot of time reading the blogs of others, lapping up the helpful tips, experiences, and stories they have to share. It’s important to support these excellent writers, and just as important to share their work for the benefit of others. So, here are some of my favourite articles from the past week or so, covering everything from writing tips and marketing, to calls for submissions and new books to read: … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursdays #1 Newsletters, calls for submissions, best fantasy books of 2017, getting sales, and POVs

Stopping the Reader’s Heart: Creating Tension

Can you think of a moment in a novel or story when you lost all awareness of your surroundings? The only thing that mattered was happening on the page, and then at the end, you come up for air and utter a “fuck.” … Read More >Stopping the Reader’s Heart: Creating Tension

An exciting year ahead…

So, here we are. 2018. It still feels like 2004 to me so seeing that written down comes as a bit of a shock. I can imagine a few of you have sore heads. I hope the painkillers aren’t too far from the comfort of your bed. … Read More >An exciting year ahead…

The end of another year…

In June I began this blog with a post on the writing process. I was always a bit apprehensive about starting a blog. What have I got of worth to give to the world? I managed to shake that niggling thought. … Read More >The end of another year…