[Guest Post] Spirituality and Magic in Sci-Fi and Fantasy

I'm delighted to introduce Ed White, writer of creative and visionary fiction, who's contributing to the blog this week with an insightful post on a significant subject in SFF: spirituality and religion. Enjoy!

Clitheroe Castle: A Case Study for the Fantasy Writer

Last week I took a drive up the motorway to the Duchy of Lancaster and to one of the smallest castles in England: Clitheroe. The purpose of this post is to give you some ideas for your world-building and writing. We’ll first look at the castle's features before exploring what life would have been like in the castle back in ye day.

Killer Diseases of the Middle Ages

Diseases ravaged the lives of millions of people throughout the Middle Ages. A combination of bad diet, poor hygiene, inadequate sanitation and an ill-informed understanding of medicine left many people vulnerable to fatal infections. Given many fantasy stories have a medieval setting, similar circumstances would give rise to diseases in a secondary world. As we'll see, this presents interesting opportunities for the fantasy writer.

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.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #15 what editor’s want, taking advantage of ebook piracy, up-lit, and three writing tips to never forget

Another collection of tremendous articles for you today, featuring one of the best I’ve ever read: what editor’s want, how authors can take advantage of ebook piracy, up-lit, and three writing tips to always bear in mind. Enjoy!

Sharing is Caring Thursday #14 Vonnegut’s rules for writing short stories, editing questions, the science of writing by hand, and the five commandments of writing scenes

It's that time of the week to share some of the most helpful articles I've encountered during the past seven days. In today's instalment, you'll find Vonnegut's rules for writing short stories, editing advice, the science of writing by hand, and the five commandments of writing scenes. Excellent posts, the lot of them.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #13 signs you’re a master writer, 55 grammar rules, blogging lessons, and the Hugo Awards nominees for 2018

Another interesting collection of articles for you this week, featuring signs you’re a master writer, the Hugo Awards nominees for 2018, blogging lessons, and 55 grammar rules. Thank you, bloggers, for the helpful content!

26 Publishers of Long Fantasy Fiction

I hope you're all enjoying the Easter weekend, anyway, with plenty of chocolaty treats to gorge on. Here's a little Easter treat from me: a list of 26 publishers of long fantasy fiction.

Making Maps: Part II

We're continuing on with our geographical quest by looking at forests, mountains, hills, volcanoes, wetlands, and ice and snow. By the end of this two-part article, you should have all of the basic tools to help you chisel out the maps of your secondary worlds with the confidence of a cartographer.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #12 20 calls for submissions, boosting blog engagement, keyboard-loving cats, and sociology and world-building

I'm back with another sharing is caring post, bringing you a taste of some of the best articles I've read in the world of blogging in the past week. A varied and insightful bunch awaits you below: 20 calls for submissions, boosting blog engagement, keyboard-loving cats, and sociology and world-building. Thank you, writers, for the top-notch content!