Tag: ideas

How to make a fantasy map with GIMP

At the end of September, I put up online a map I had created for my WIP fantasy series Graceborn. I was touched by everyone’s enthusiasm and I received a LOAD of questions about how I made it. So here it is—the post I promised on how to make a fantasy map using GIMP!! >>

Exploring mental illness in YA literature

Mental illness is one of the most pressing health concerns of the modern age, and YA literature has a role to play in opening up the conversation on this long-tabooed subject. Here I discuss some of the things to remember when writing about mental illness, and what YA books are currently out there. >>

The delicate art of naming characters

Choosing names for our characters is no easy task. We want them to be memorable, meaningful, and representative of the story we’re trying to tell. Here, I share how I name my characters, and some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up during my writing journey. >>