It's that time of year when we look back and wonder, "What the hell have I done with the past year?"
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!
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!
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?