My Research Process

If you’re a true beginning writer, you’ll have very little notion of where to start or how you can get from an idea to a full concept you can write about. Even if you’ve been at this game for a long time, it can still feel overwhelming to sit down at your computer with intent…

How music playlists can help you write

It seems like music playlists are big among writers. I’ve seen people spend inordinate amounts of time coming up with the perfect soundtrack for their characters, especially in the roleplaying world. It’s as inspiring to them as art and maps are to me.

5 things I learned from NaNoWriMo

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll already know that I took part in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo. I didn’t want to write a novel this time (I’m still working on my Guardians trilogy that I started in 2011!) so instead I focused on simply writing every day using a handy prompt sheet by Eva…

Why originality matters (but also doesn’t)

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard by now of elves and dwarves and orcs and centaurs and mermaids and unicorns and vampires and — well, you get the idea. Modern fantasy is saturated with them to the point where it seems like fantasy writers don’t even try to come up…

Top 3 name generators

Given how important names can be, it’s little wonder they’re so difficult to create. I don’t normally have trouble with titles or the names of my main characters (they usually just jump out of my skull and bite me on the nose), but it’s a pain in the butt to generate a dozen or a…

What’s in a name?

Once I’d decided to follow up The Dragon Lord with a sequel, I knew exactly who to give the story to: Cash Azella, one of the bodyguards from TDL, had an ‘in’ with the enemy they faced. Cash was supposed to go behind enemy lines as a spurned traitor and find out what the bad…

How to avoid saying “said”

I’ve heard repeated arguments that you should avoid using any other word than “said” for when a character speaks.