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.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #8 How not to write body language, T.S. Eliot, ‘bestselling’ authors, and scrapping work

Here’s another collection of helpful content for you to sink your teeth into, featuring advice for aspiring writers from T.S. Eliot, defining a bestselling author, scrapping your work, and how not to write body language. Thank you, writers, for the quality content!

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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.

[Guest Post] Creating a Fantasy Map

For this week's instalment of Fantasy Friday, I'm delighted to introduce fantasy author Jesper Schmidt. Jesper runs AmWritingFantasy.com along with Autumn Birt. He's a world-building and mapmaking genius and I could think of no better person to give an insight into the world of cartography!

The Life of the Medieval Lord

To gain an insight into the role and lives of the lords of the Middles Ages we'll first take a brief look at the reign of King Richard II, otherwise known as Richard the Tyrant. From there we'll turn our focus to the world of barons, the individuals who held almost unlimited power over the land granted to them by the king.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #6 Reviewers selling ARCs, world-building, agents, and using ‘and’ & ‘the’

This week I'm sharing a mix of articles courtesy of some of the excellent bloggers I follow. You'll find an interesting research piece on the use of the words 'and' & 'the', insights into querying agents, the importance of world-building, and a very sad development in the world of writing, one all writers should be aware of: reviewers selling ARCs.

Sharing is Caring Thursday #5 Secondary characters, reasons for putting down books, and knowing your audience

The quality posts keep on coming. This week we're going on a whistle-stop tour of secondary characters, reasons for putting down books, knowing your audience, and a few good old writing tips.

The Pesky Peasantry of the Middle Ages

Welcome to another instalment of Fantasy Fridays. Today we're looking at the lives of the medieval peasantry, a class of people somewhat shrouded in mystery—peasants weren't good note-takers. In exploring the lives of the peasantry we'll uncover what it was like to be one of them, the kinds of houses and towns they lived in, and what their day to day lives involved. There's plenty of nuggets of information for you to pick up along the way which you can use to enrich your fantasy stories.

Real Writing Stories #2: My Writing Day – Forest Wells

Real Writing Stories returns for its second installment. This week, with the help of writer Forest Wells, I'm launching a new weekly feature called My Writing Day. Readers of The Guardian newspaper may have seen this before. A writer shares their average writing day—the process, the distractions, the strife, the achievements. The Guardian however looks at the writing days of more well-known writers only. They're very insightful and inspirational pieces, but I think the stories of other writers at different stages in their journeys can be more interesting and relatable.

Time Management (infographic)

Not so long ago I looked at the bastard that is procrastination. After reading it, an excellent writer and blogger by the name of Jack Milgram got in touch. Jack has very kindly put together an infographic to help with time management. I'm sure we all feel we could use a few extra hours in the day. Well, Jack's infographic may just be what you need.