Real Writing Stories: Part One

The stories of fellow writers really inspire me to keep bashing away at the keyboard. Learning about other people’s journeys, the difficulties they’ve encountered and overcome, their unwaivering passion for writing, can help me get through days when I feel like giving up. … Read More >Real Writing Stories: Part One

Music and Writing

A few posts ago I included a bit about listening to music while writing. I’m a lover of peace and quiet, but a few people came back to me with recommendations and since then I’ve experimented. Be it the grand classical music of Lord of the Rings, psychedelic jams or funky Latin rock, I’ve discovered a particular tune can really spur me on and help clock up all-important words. … Read More >Music and Writing

Writer’s Resources: List of fantasy publishers (short fiction)

It’s a stormy Monday, but I have something to banish the clouds. I’m delighted to announce the creation of my Writer’s Resources page. Here I’ll be adding any bits of info to help you on your quest, and I could think of no better way to kick things off than with a table of fantasy publishers (short fiction). … Read More >Writer’s Resources: List of fantasy publishers (short fiction)

Just shy of our fundraising target: an update on The General

The General & The Visitor, two short stories written by myself and good friend Mark Brooks, has been on sale for two weeks. All proceeds are donated to Ranelagh House, a care home in my hometown of Liverpool. And we’re so close to hitting our initial fundraising target of £100! … Read More >Just shy of our fundraising target: an update on The General

Get yourself a free creative writing eBook

One of the things I love to do most in the world is helping you good people out in any way I can. Kindness can be a rare thing nowadays and it’s always good to spread it around whenever possible. This is the philosophy behind The Writer’s Tool Shed, and with the posts mounting up I’ve decided to compile those so far published into a free eBook—This Craft We Call Writing: Volume One. Over 150 pages of tips, hints, and guides on everything from dialogue, plotting, viewpoint and prose, to world-building, writing fight scenes and editing, complete with pictures! And it’s totally free when you sign up to my mailing list! … Read More >Get yourself a free creative writing eBook

7 Ways To Improve Your Writing

I’ve learned many harsh lessons since I began writing fiction, all of which have helped me improve as a writer. In this article I thought I’d share how I came to learn those lessons. … Read More >7 Ways To Improve Your Writing