Reading Time: 6 minutes Welcome to this detailed guide on how to write a premise. It’s interesting how attitudes change. When I first began writing I viewed the plot
Reading Time: 4 minutes Two and a half years of writing and editing all at an end, and now it’s free to roam the bookshelves of the world! And
Reading Time: 7 minutes Here are the results of my research into overused character tropes in the #fantasy genre. What do you think came top?
Reading Time: 9 minutes It’s World Book Day on 4th March and for perhaps the first time ever, I’ve had the foresight to prepare something in advance. The reality
Reading Time: 8 minutes I wrote to book reviewers and undertook polls on a number of Facebook groups: AmWritingFantasy (693 members), Fantasy Writers Support Group (5,447 members), The Phoenix Quill (846 members), and Writing Bad (8,000 members). The results are pretty interesting and hopefully will be of some use to writers.
Reading Time: 7 minutes I see many complaints about the stereotypical races found in fantasy. Elves who sing to the birds and can shoot a wing off a fly from three hundred yards away without looking. Beardy dwarves who heft axes bigger than their bodies and defy sadistic dragons for a bit of gold.
Reading Time: 8 minutes In identifying your sub-genre you can better target your readers as well as the types of publishers that look for that type of tale. Not only that, it’ll help to make useful comparisons to other, well-known books in that sub-genre which may, with luck, help you sell more!
Reading Time: 5 minutes 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.
Reading Time: 2 minutes I’m delighted to announce my Christmas Kindle giveaway! A Christkindl if you will—which I believe is an old German word! To top off what has been
Reading Time: 7 minutes I’m a bit of a planner when it comes to writing. I need a framework, something to help keep my eye on the end game. Before I begin any story or chapter it has to be planned in as much detail as possible. In the past, most of my planning focused on plot. Moving the story from A to B. While I include character development in this, it never had much of a focal point.