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

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.

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

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

‘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.

Short Story News: Noodlin’

I had a short story published today in Kzine, the first one in what feels like aeons!

5 Mistakes Male Authors Make When Writing Female Characters [Guest Post]

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.

News

No, I'm not dead. Not yet, anyway.