Sharing is Caring Thursday #7 Insights of a creative writing teacher, the unchosen heroes of fantasy, the importance of reading, and using infographics to promote your books

Here’s another grouping of wonderful articles from the blogging world for you to sink your teeth into. This week we’re treated to the insights of a creative writing teacher, the unchosen heroes of fantasy, the importance of reading, and using infographics to promote your books! … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursday #7 Insights of a creative writing teacher, the unchosen heroes of fantasy, the importance of reading, and using infographics to promote your books

What Makes You Put Down a Book?

I wrote to book reviewers and undertook polls on a number of Facebook groups: AmWritingFantasy (693 members), Fantasy Writers Support Group (5,447 members), The Phoenix Quill (846 members), and Writing Bad (8,000 members). The results are pretty interesting and hopefully will be of some use to writers. … Read More >What Makes You Put Down a Book?

The Life of the Medieval Lord

To gain an insight into the role and lives of the lords of the Middles Ages we’ll first take a brief look at the reign of King Richard II, otherwise known as Richard the Tyrant. From there we’ll turn our focus to the world of barons, the individuals who held almost unlimited power over the land granted to them by the king. … Read More >The Life of the Medieval Lord

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’

Sharing is Caring Thursday #5 Secondary characters, reasons for putting down books, and knowing your audience

The quality posts keep on coming. This week we’re going on a whistle-stop tour of secondary characters, reasons for putting down books, knowing your audience, and a few good old writing tips. … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursday #5 Secondary characters, reasons for putting down books, and knowing your audience

Making Monsters

I’m delighted to share with you a guest blog post I wrote for http://www.writingbad.org. This is part of my Fantasy Friday series (though please forgive it going live on Monday!). Fantasy is a genre rich with imagined creatures and beasts. Creations which haunt our dreams and make us walk that little bit faster after dark. This article first looks at a few of the more common monsters and then explores some methods to assist you in becoming the next Dr. Frankenstein. … Read More >Making Monsters

Sharing is Caring Thursdays #4 Literary jobs, showing v telling, livening up book reviews, and readers’ pet peeves

There’ve been a lot of very good articles flying about in the past few days. I’ve tried to feature as many as I can. Below you’ll find a nice variety of subjects: literary jobs, showing v telling, livening up your book reviews, and some of the things that annoy readers most. … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursdays #4 Literary jobs, showing v telling, livening up book reviews, and readers’ pet peeves

The Races of Fantasy: Re-use, Recycle, or Rubbish

I see many complaints about the stereotypical races found in fantasy. Elves who sing to the birds and can shoot a wing off a fly from three hundred yards away without looking. Beardy dwarves who heft axes bigger than their bodies and defy sadistic dragons for a bit of gold. … Read More >The Races of Fantasy: Re-use, Recycle, or Rubbish

Sharing is Caring Thursdays #3 Editing, querying, writing myths, and growing your blog

It’s Thursday (we’re almost there) and that time of the week to give you a round-up of some of the best articles I’ve come across in the past week. Today: self-editing, querying, writing myths, and growing your blog. You’re bound to find something of use. … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursdays #3 Editing, querying, writing myths, and growing your blog

Plotting: Architectural Suspense

We’ve all read that novel where at some point you put it down and forget it ever existed until you trip over it one day and then in a state of annoyance donate it to the charity shop. It failed to grip you, to compel you to go on. Often the culprit is a lack of suspense—the glue that binds the reader’s hands to the covers. … Read More >Plotting: Architectural Suspense