[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!

5 Invaluable Pieces of Writing Advice

Not long ago I read an article, the title something along the lines of "The Best Books for Aspiring Writers". One of them was a book you may have heard of: Letters to a Young Writer by award-winning writer, Colum McCann. Each time I pick it up it fills me with inspiration to write, its pages filled with practical and philosophical advice on the craft, some of which I've found tremendously helpful. There's a chance you may do too. So in this post, you’ll find five of my favourite bits of advice so far.

Making Maps: Part I

This two-part article looks at the nature of things and how they’re formed. Part one will examine oceans, seas, rivers, lakes, and deserts. Part two will look at forests, mountains, hills, swamps, snow, ice, and volcanoes.

Making The Most of Reading

Reading is an important way for a writer to learn the craft. Much of what I’ve picked up has come from seeing how others do things. This article shares some techniques I’ve found helpful to get the most out of reading.

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.

More publishers added to the short fantasy fiction list and news of publication

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.

Finding Your Theme

A story's theme takes a hard look at the meaning of things, examines deep-rooted ideas. A story with a theme is a story with a point. This article looks at the definition of ‘theme’ before exploring ways for you to come up with or uncover your themes and lastly, how to weave them into your stories.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #10 investing in your writing career, the influences of women, writing too much, and vital elements of a story.

Happy International Women’s Day! A day to celebrate the inspiring achievements of all women across the globe. “What is better than wisdom? Woman. And what is better than a good woman? Nothing.” Hopefully you’ll find some inspiration in the articles that feature in today’s post. This week, investing in your writing career, the influences of women, writing too much, and vital elements of a story. Thank you, writers, for the wonderfully helpful content.

Maidens, Wives, and Widows: The Lives of Women During the Middle Ages

Life changed a great deal for women during the Middle Ages, reducing the majority to three societal statuses: Maiden, Wife, and Widow. Get some inspiration for your fantasy stories with today's Fantasy Friday article.

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!