World-Building: Practical Tips

In this episode of The Fantasy Writers' Toolshed, JM and I tackle a source of joy and frustration for perhaps every fantasy writer: world-building. We discuss our favourite bits of advice on introducing those juicy world-building details into the story, the best times to introduce those details, and the most effective means of doing so.… Continue reading World-Building: Practical Tips

[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

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

£0.99 Deal: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

Good people of the world, for the next 48 hours you can get yourself a copy of the acclaimed A Fantasy Writers' Handbook for just £0.99!  Why should you part with your hard-earned pound for this book? Well, here are the views of a few reviewers... You can read a bunch more reviews by clicking… Continue reading £0.99 Deal: A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook

[Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

There’s been a buzz of discussion lately about overused character tropes in the fantasy genre—the orphan child fated to save the world; the lone wolf assassin; the hot-headed and reckless protagonist; elves who love trees and loathe dwarves. It’s made for some incredibly insightful reading, allowing writers to see what readers are tiring of, potential… Continue reading [Poll] Overused Character Tropes in Fantasy

‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

The paperback version of A Fantasy Writers' Handbook is now available to buy! Ahead of the official release date of Wednesday 12th June, I've decided to release the paperback a few days earlier so that if you order now, you should hopefully have it by Wednesday.  Here's how it turned out... There have been a… Continue reading ‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

World-Building: Creating A World

Here's the final teaser chapter from my new book, A Fantasy Writers' Handbook. In the Handbook you'll find three chapters on the topic: creating a world, revealing a world, and approaches to world-building. Today, I thought I'd share with you the first of the three.

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.

Religion in Fantasy

Religion and belief systems feature a great deal in the fantasy genre, and it’s unsurprising why. Religion, faiths and beliefs shape our own lives in a multitude of ways, providing purpose, meaning and structure.

More publishers added to the short fantasy fiction list and news of publication

I've updated my list of publishers of short fantasy fiction. There's now a hefty seventy publishers listed on there. One of them is bound to accept a submission, right? I've got my fingers crossed for you.