The Writer’s Toolshed

Naming Fantasy Characters #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Coming up with names for fantasy characters isn't as straightforward as you'd think. Many a time I've been stopped dead in my tracks by questions like, 'is this fantasy enough?' 'Should they have surnames and grandiose titles?' or a favourite of many, 'Should I add an apostrophe to make it more fantasyish? Heck, why not… Continue reading Naming Fantasy Characters #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

A Guide to Worldbuilding

The majority of fantasy stories take place in a secondary world, one different to our own. It's a desire to explore these unique and original worlds that draw readers to the fantasy genre, so for many fantasy writers, the process of world-building is an important one. In this world-building guide, we'll cover some important world-building… Continue reading A Guide to Worldbuilding

Something I Thought I’d Never See…

In a world so filled with doom and gloom, it's easy to fall into a cycle of negativity. To keep us going we seek out kernels of joy and hope, and yesterday I uncovered one that brought a beaming grin to my lips. "...the survey from the Reading Agency of more than 2,000 people in… Continue reading Something I Thought I’d Never See…

Thoughts On Writing Out Today! #COVID19Fundraiser

My new book, 'Thoughts On Writing' is out today! All funds raised from sales are being used to hep those impacted by #COVID19. Please #RT and #share! Your help is massively appreciated! #amwriting #amreading #nonfic #writingcommunity

3 Books That Made Me A Better Writer #AuthorToolboxBlogHop

Today I thought I'd share with you the story of how I came to discover three books that changed my writing forever. I'll tell you a bit about them too, and why they may be of use to you in your quest to become a better writer.

Thoughts on Writing Available to Pre-Order

Thoughts on Writing is now available to pre-order! The release date is a week today, Friday 17th April! All proceeds will be used to help support those impacted by #coronavirus, from care homes to food banks! #writingcommunity

Writing Flash and Nano Fiction – Podcast

How do you write nano fiction? Where do you find ideas? Why should you try it? Uncover the answers to all in this episode. Plus, we discuss marketing books, and I talk about my meeting with Raymond E. Feist

[Podcast] Writing – Making the Most of Self-Isolation

Coronavirus craziness has gripped the globe. How can writers make the most of all this free time? In this episode, Richie discusses a few ways writers can help people in this time of great need, as well as a few ways you can make the most of this abundance of time.

Coronavirus Craziness

If you’re holed up somewhere now, I’m sure the hours are passing slowly, and the longer it goes on, the fewer things we have to fill our time. To help you while away those isolated hours, I’m offering eBook versions of my books A Fantasy Writers Handbook and Flying on the Ground, totally free for the next five days.