Why Newt Scamander is the Best (Popular) Hero Out Now

I hope anyone who reads my blog and is a fantasy writer has already watched Fantastic Beasts and has seen the new one this month! I had mixed feelings about the new film, but in general, Newt and the beasts were…fantastic! (See what I did there?) But why do I think that Newt Scamander is…

Fleshing Out Your Characters: Cheat Sheet

List of character traits: Funny guy Hopeless romantic Neurotic Clumsy Tired Genius Know-it-all Angry Jealous Sad Loner Hero Brave Sleepy Fool Orangiser Sporty Adventurer Reader Curious Helper Arrogant Leader List of character occupations: Baker Doctor Scientist Detective Policeman Firefighter Vet War hero Interior Designer Architect Criminal Entrepreneur Librarian Writer Journalist Game designer Athlete Fisherman Farmer…

Your NaNoWriMo Toolkit

NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month and it is this massive worldwide writing event where writers from every corner of the globe all vow to write 50,000 words in the month of November! It is crazy, it is hard, and it is awesome! The camaraderie and support and community with this event is so beautiful…

How to Be a Healthy Writer

Don’t isolate yourself It is very easy as a writer to become isolated. Your work involves you, a laptop or a notebook and pen. Yes, of course, there’s the characters in your head – but I’m sorry, they don’t count. Make a conscious effort to be around real people, at least now and then. Don’t…

How to Be a Better Storyteller

All writers are storytellers. Whether you are writing a novel or a blog post, you are essentially telling a story. But how do you become a better storyteller? How do you ensure that your narrative and characters aren’t dry and boring? How do you make it all feel real whether it is a non-fiction or…

Inspiration Tools for Fantasy Writers

Hey, fellow fantasy writers. Today, I wanted to share with you a few perhaps lesser-known ways to find inspiration for your fantasy worlds and characters… Pottermore Anyone who is a Harry Potter fan will know of the site Pottermore, which is rich in extended content about the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts universe. I’ve recently…

What I Learned from the Harry Potter Series

As a writer: Detail Detail is key. Not George R. R. Martin level of detail, right down to the petal detail on every flower in a meadow, but real detail. Character detail. Room detail. What people are really like and think about and talk about and do. Details matter; it makes the difference between a…