The Fantasy Writers' Toolshed

The Fantasy Writers’ Toolshed is dedicated to all things writing, fantasy fiction, and building your author platform, all with the aim of helping you become a better writer. Expect general writing tips, techniques, guides, methods, ideas and plenty of fantasy-specific writing tips and techniques, such as on world-building, fantasy tropes and naming characters. Hosted by Richie Billing ( and JM Williams ( Write to us at any time with questions or queries:

Richie Billing

My middle name is Edward, so my name is also Dick Ed, though I much prefer Richie (although Dick Ed is sometimes warranted). I’m from a city called Liverpool, known for football and The Beatles. I like Neil Young, The Allman Bros, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Tess Parks and more, and most nights I’m up till the wee hours either scribbling away or watching the NBA. Find out more at

JM Williams

JM Williams is a writer and historian, currently living in South Korea, but originally from Duluth, Minnesota, in the United States. He has been writing since childhood, usually with some sort of fantasy slant or twist. Williams has published five books and around forty short stories. Currently, Williams is the head of the Of Metal and Magic StoryVerse for Fiction Vortex. Find out more at