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?” … Read More >Men Writing Women, Passive Voice, and Overused Clichés: A Look Back at 2019

‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

The paperback version of A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook is now available to buy! Ahead of … Continue Reading‘A Fantasy Writers’ Handbook’ Paperback Out Now!

Keep on Truckin’

Writing can be like a game of snakes and ladders. You inch your way toward the top, only for a snake to appear and banish you to the pits of misery. That’s how it feels, anyway.

What is the magic formula for success? … Read More >Keep on Truckin’

Online Writing Groups

The writing game can be a lonely one, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, working with others can improve your writing tremendously. It can be quite tricky finding fellow writers nearby to meet up with, but the internet has made that a whole lot easier. Hundreds, if not thousands of writing groups exist online. No longer do writers have to sit alone in their bedroom reading work aloud to their cats. But it still can be quite difficult to find the right writing group for you. So here’s a list of all those I’m aware of. … Read More >Online Writing Groups

Invaluable Writing Advice: Part II

Not long ago I put together a post sharing some invaluable writing advice offered by award-winning novelist, Colum McCann in his book, Letters to a Young Writer. But I’d only made it halfway through at the time, so I thought I’d share some further insights from the second half. … Read More >Invaluable Writing Advice: Part II

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. … Read More >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

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

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

Sharing is Caring Thursday #11 a firefighter’s guide to fighting dragons, loglines and pitches, multimedia books, and writing character thoughts

Another varied bunch of helpful delights for you this week, with some interesting topics for you to ponder: a firefighter’s guide to fighting dragons, loglines and pitches, multimedia books, and writing character thoughts. … Read More >Sharing is Caring Thursday #11 a firefighter’s guide to fighting dragons, loglines and pitches, multimedia books, and writing character thoughts

Tubes of Thunder: The Medieval Cannon

For Fantasy Friday this week, I thought we’d return to medieval warfare and to something I don’t come across all too often in the fantasy stories I read: the cannon. This article covers the development of European cannons, how they were made, the gunpowder used, and how they fared in battle. Hopefully, it’ll give you a few ideas for your own tales! … Read More >Tubes of Thunder: The Medieval Cannon