No, I'm not dead. Not yet, anyway.
The crucible is one of the simplest and most effective plotting tools. At its core is the relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist. The conflict they share spawns plot. It illustrates wonderfully the interwoven relationship enjoyed between character and plot.
Sometimes the ideas dry up. Trump's Wall blocks out creativity and all you can do is lament. A terrific solution to those droughts, I've found, is art
I see many people seeking guidance on how long their novels and stories should be. Having compiled lists of publishers of short and long fantasy fiction I've noticed a few trends.
This article looks at the lengths publishers seek for fiction in their various forms: micro, flash, short, novelettes, novellas, and novels. But it begins with a few words of caution.
I've been busy updating my lists of fantasy publishers for both short fiction and long fiction. The short fiction list now contains 80 publishers ranging from prozines to token publishers. Whatever stage you're up to in your writing journey, there'll be a publisher on there for you.
I've updated my list of publishers of short fantasy fiction. There's now a hefty seventy publishers listed on there. One of them is bound to accept a submission, right? I've got my fingers crossed for you.
A quick update post.
I've finished some much-needed maintenance to a couple of pages.
An ocean of thanks to Douglas for the kind nomination! I'm honoured, I really am. And also reassured that at least one person reads my blog and I'm not just spewing words into an empty void.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of recording a chat with Jesper Schmidt over at Fane of Fantasy. We spoke about minimalist world-building, where this approach has come from, and what it means for fantasy moving forwards.
I spend a lot of time reading the blogs of others, lapping up the helpful tips, experiences, and stories they have to share. It’s important to support these excellent writers, and just as important to share their work for the benefit of others. So, here are some of my favourite articles from the past week or so, covering everything from writing tips and marketing, to calls for submissions and new books to read: