Sharing is Caring Thursday #2 book covers, skeletal warriors, writing cliches, writing tips

It’s Sharing is Caring Thursday and I’m back with a few interesting finds from the world of blogging, and this week, vlogging.



My Experience with Book Covers and Artists by J.M. Williams

I was tempted to include two articles in this post today by J.M. Williams, but I’ll save the other for next week. This is a more recent post on something all indie authors will have to deal with at some point: book covers.

J.M. is a very experienced writer of fantasy and sci-fi with over thirty stories published to date. In this article, he gives a first-hand account of the process, some details on costs, where to look and what to look out for. An invaluable insight if you’re going down the indie route.

About the blog

J.M.’s blog is one worth following. It’s full of excellent writing techniques, first-hand accounts of the trials and tribulations of a writer, and some excellent critical analysis of different issues within the craft.


Skeletal Warriors by Jesper Schmidt

Jesper, who I had the pleasure of recording a video with last week about world-building, runs a regular vlog called Fane of Fantasy. This video caught my eye. My current work in progress features skeletal warriors, something I haven’t seen much of in the fantasy I’ve read.

In this video, Jesper looks at where the animated skeleton came from and why they aren’t appearing so much anymore, with zombies seemingly taking their place.

About the vlog

If you aren’t familiar with Jesper’s work, you’re in for a treat. Each week Jesper releases new videos exploring an array of fantasy-related things, from mapmaking and world-building to characters and warfare. Jesper also co-runs, another treasure trove of helpful things for the fantasy writer.


10 Tips to Avoid Clichés in Writing by Peter Selgin via Writers Digest

We all loathe the cliché. We beat ourselves up in those moments when all we can think of is that godawful scene you’ve experienced a hundred times. I do anyway. I’m always stomping them out in frustrated fury. This very helpful article gives you a fantastic set of tips on avoiding the dreaded cliché, such as flipping stereotypes on their head, focusing on the story that you alone can tell, and slowing down (this one, in particular, is a very good tip). An illuminating read.

About the blog

If you’re unfamiliar with Writers Digest it’s a site you should consider bookmarking. It’s full of tips that appeal to writers of all genres, all geared toward helping you improve and getting your work published. It features regular genre-specific articles, blog posts from editors, events, and competitions.



Writing Tips by Juansen Dizon

Next in our line-up is this short and very sweet article from Juansen Dizon. You’ll find ten snappy writing techniques and inspirational tips to help you through those lulls during the day. “You are a word scientist” is my favourite, though most of the time I feel like I’m blowing up the lab rather than splitting atoms.

About the blog

The blog, in general, is another one worth following. It’s full of inspirational tips, stories, and poetry from a very insightful individual. “I write poetry, quotes, and prose about my own experiences with mental illness, depression, anxiety, love, loss, and the bittersweet feelings that come with being human. I also love writing on the subjects of hope, healing, and self-love with the dream that I may inspire, understand and bring therapy to those who also suffer from mental illness.”


Nine Ways to Cope With Rejection by Millie Schmidt

This one was only published today. I enjoyed it so much I had to add it to the list. A fantastically funny article, Millie offers sage advice on dealing with rejections from agents and publishers. We’ve all been there. If you’re feeling the rejection blues, you’ll find plenty of cat gifs to help banish them.

About the blog

I really enjoy Millie’s blog. It’s honest and genuine and the advice she shares really does work. Well worth checking out!

Thank you for reading, and thank you bloggers for writing these excellent posts!

Tomorrow is Fantasy Fridays and I’ll be talking about the life of the medieval peasant. If you’d like the article sent to you as soon as it’s live, subscribe by email. But the fun doesn’t stop there. You’ll also get a free ebook on the craft of creative writing AND a free short story too. I’ll be giving kidneys away next.

3 thoughts on “Sharing is Caring Thursday #2 book covers, skeletal warriors, writing cliches, writing tips

  1. Thanks for the shout out Richie!! I feel super blessed to be added to this list!! I’m already following Juansen Dizon, but haven’t heard of Jesper Schmidt. Always excited to find other #SchmidtWriters 🙂

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