The Fantasy Writers' Toolshed
Dedicated to all things writing, fantasy fiction and helping you build your writing career!
The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshedis dedicated to all things writing, fantasy fiction, and building your author platform, all with the aim of helping you become a better writer. Expect writing advice and guidance, fantasy fic
Flash and Nano Fiction with Charles Remington
Writer and editor Charles Remington joins Richie in the Writers' Toolshed to talk about nano fiction, a niche of flash fiction. 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 Richie tells us about his meeting with Raymond E. Feist. The book, Nano Nightmares, edited by Charles and featuring stories by Richie, is available now on Amazon. You can get it by clicking here.
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.Richie mentions a few books you may find helpful, which are:The Art of Dramatic Writing - Lajos EgriStein on Writing - Sol SteinThe Art of Fiction - John GardnerLetters to a Young Writer - Colum McCannThe First Five Pages - Noah LukemanOn Writing - Stephen KingA Fantasy Writers' Handbook - Richie BillingAs always, we want to hear from you! If you have any topics or questions you want us to tackle, drop us an email at email@example.com.Stay safe everyone!
How to Write Short Stories and Get Them Published
In this episode, Richie struggles to say hello, JM’s cats make a few guest appearances, and somewhere in between, we talk about short stories—why you should write them, how to write them, and how to get them published.As always, we want to hear from you! Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or message us on Facebook.
Historical Fiction with Paul Cunningham
In this episode, JM interviews historical fiction author Paul Cunningham. Paul is the author of the book "Contention," which details "the most chaotic year in Roman history" following the death of Nero. Following our previous episode on fantasy world-building, it seemed a good idea to talk to someone who has to deal with the same issue in a different way. Paul is a master at rolling back time, bringing the reader right into a foreign world from our shared past.As always, leave your comments and questions below or look us up on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/fantasywrite...And you can grab a copy of Paul's last book at: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O6URLUW/
World-Building: Practical Tips
In this episode, Richie and JM tackle a source of joy and frustration for perhaps every fantasy writer: world-building.They discuss their favourite bits of advice on introducing those juicy world-building details into the story, the best times to introduce those details, and the most effective means of doing so.As always, if you have comments, queries or questions, get in touch at email@example.com!
Is Reading Facing An Existential Crisis?
A few weeks back, Richie carried out a bit of research inspired by the comments of a professional book reviewer named Damien Walter. Walter argued that the novel is dead, that the decline in quality and the saturation of the market has strangled the enjoyment out of it, and as a result, fewer people are reading. Richie explores whether or not this is the case, before considering whether or not reading as a whole is facing an existential crisis.
Twisting Fantasy Tropes
In this episode, we tackle fantasy tropes. How can writers twist conventional fantasy ideas to create unique and interesting angles? We look at a few examples and discuss some ways of finding originality. Plus, the results of our competition!Drop us an email with your questions for episode three or leave us a comment!