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!

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.

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!

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.

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Creating Languages

Writing fantasy can so often leave you caught up in a web of your own making. Most fantasy involves a secondary world, that is a world different from our own. Granted, it doesn’t have to be totally original, but it raises the question: how different should we make it? Should we scrap everything we know and play God and build from scratch? Should we shape and morph things that already exist? Or should we keep what everyone finds familiar? These questions can be asked when it comes to inventing anything for our worlds, but one such area in which it’s particularly prevalent is with language. In this new world of ours, does everyone speak the same language?