The Writer’s Tool Shed

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!

Advertisements

Sharing is Caring Thursday #7 Insights of a creative writing teacher, the unchosen heroes of fantasy, the importance of reading, and using infographics to promote your books

Here’s another grouping of wonderful articles from the blogging world for you to sink your teeth into. This week we’re treated to the insights of a creative writing teacher, the unchosen heroes of fantasy, the importance of reading, and using infographics to promote your books!

Why Do We Stop Reading a Book?

Last week I shared an article by writer Chuck Wendig in which he set out his twenty-five reasons for putting down a book and banishing it to the pits of hell. That got me thinking. What about everyone else? What are the main reasons people stop reading a book?

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.

The Many Sub-Genres of Fantasy

For Fantasy Friday this week, I’m revisiting an old post: The Many Sub-Genres of Fantasy.

In identifying your sub-genre you can better target your readers as well as publishers that look for that type of tale. It’ll help you make useful comparisons to other, well-known books in that sub-genre too which may, with luck, help you sell more!

Richie Billing

For more writing tips and discussions on the fantasy genre, why not sign up to my mailing list? Subscribers receive a list of 50 fantasy book reviewers and an eBook on the craft of creative writing, featuring guides to world-building, writing fight scenes, plotting, viewpoint, editing, prose, and much, much more.


As I draw closer to completing my work in progress I’ve begun to wonder what sub-genre of fantasy it actually fits into. I’ve always assumed it falls into Epic/High Fantasy, but set in a world with little magic I wondered if there were any other sub-genres to which it may be better suited.

In identifying your sub-genre you can better target your readers as well as publishers that look for that type of tale. It’ll help you make useful comparisons to other, well-known books in that sub-genre too which may, with luck, help you sell more!

So I embarked…

View original post 1,157 more words

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 cover letter that sold Blackwing

You couldn’t ask for a better example of how to write a cover letter. And it worked. Thanks, Ed!

ED MCDONALD

While I was going through some old files, I happened across the cover letter that I sent when I was submitting Blackwing. I thought that it be interesting to people to see it, so, here it is. It’s nothing flashy or that doesn’t go outside the kind of guidelines that you’d usually see, but well worth noting that I provided exactly what was asked for.

View original post 274 more words

Making Monsters

I’m delighted to share with you a guest blog post I wrote for http://www.writingbad.org. This is part of my Fantasy Friday series (though please forgive it going live on Monday!).

Fantasy is a genre rich with imagined creatures and beasts. Creations which haunt our dreams and make us walk that little bit faster after dark. This article first looks at a few of the more common monsters and then explores some methods to assist you in becoming the next Dr. Frankenstein.

Thank you, Sam, from Writing Bad for letting me loose! I hope you enjoy it.


If you’d like more fantasy related articles why not subscribe to my mailing list? Each Friday a new post discussing an aspect of the fantasy genre will be delivered straight to your inbox. Subscribers get a free ebook on the craft of creative writing and this week I’ll be releasing my list of 50 fantasy book reviewers to help you get your stories out to the world!

Writing Bad - Official Site

The fantasy genre is rich with imagined monsters, creatures, and beasts. Creations which haunt our dreams and make us walk that little bit faster after dark. This article will first look at a few of the more common monsters, and then will explore the methods to assist you in becoming the next Dr. Frankenstein.

Types of Monsters

Demons

Cthulhu_by_disse86-d9tq84iDemons are probably one of the most common types of monster I come across in fantasy. They feature in James Barclay’s Noonshade, quite heavily in Raymond Feist’s Riftwar Saga. H.P. Lovecraft had his famous demon, Cthulhu, and Tolkien his demon, Balrog. But what is a demon exactly? Let’s have a look at some of the most common tropes:

  • They are inherently associated with evil. Their desire is to break into our realm from whatever plane they come from and wreak havoc on life as we know it.
  • In terms of…

View original post 1,258 more words

#AuthorInterview with Richie Billing @Magpie_Richie The General & The Visitor #RaisingAwarness #Dementia #Charity #Raisingfunds

A massive thank you to Kerry for letting me loose on her fantastic blog!

In this guest post, you can learn a bit more about the fundraising behind ‘The General and The Visitor’, as well as a few facts about me, including my name of subtle misfortune.

Thanks again, Kerry! If you havem’t already checked out her blog, Chat About Books, do so forthwith!

Chat About Books

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Richie Billing to Chat About Books 🙂 

Richie Billing

Having lost my lovely Grandad Adams to dementia last February, this charity is one I am more than happy to help promote.

I’d like to thank Kerry for letting me loose today. She very kindly offered to help me raise awareness for a fundraising campaign I’m currently running. Thank you, Kerry! Heaven awaits you at the end, I’m sure.

You’re very welcome, Richie. I have already downloaded a copy and I hope everyone reading this post will download a copy to. I wish you every success with your fundraising.

What’s the campaign? A few months ago my friend and I released a couple of short stories to raise money for my grandmother’s care home, Ranelagh House

When I gave up my job as a lawyer one of the reasons was to use my time to give…

View original post 1,625 more words