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So, where do you find your ideas? by Andrea Mara
Posted by Andrea Mara in , .

“Where do you find your ideas?” someone asked me recently, perhaps not expecting me to take her so literally as I settled down to fill her in. It’s one of...

How to Write a Great Plot Twist: Really Useful Links by Amanda...

I had a discussion last week about plot twists with another writer. Love them or hate them, they are often the cause for discussion and if you want to know...

How to Start a Novel: Really Useful Links by Amanda J Evans
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For this week’s column, I thought I’d take a look at how to start a novel. It’s February, spring is in the air and with new growth taking place, what...

Short Story Writers: Perseverance is Key by Billy O’Callaghan
Posted by Billy O'Callaghan in , .

Over the years I have facilitated many creative writing workshops, almost always with a focus on the short story. Mainly, this is because short stories are my true love. As...

What Does Perseverance Look Like? by Gráinne Murphy
Posted by Gráinne Murphy in , .

In October 2019, I signed a two-book deal with Legend Press, with my first novel Where the Edge Is due to be published next September. It’s wonderful and exciting and...

Behind the Bestseller with Sam Blake: Podcast Launch!

What makes a book a success? What’s that magic ingredient writers need to bring to their manuscript to make it fly off the shelves? Ever since I started writing I’ve...

Staying Motivated by Sarah Webb
Posted by Sarah Webb in , .

A lot of our content at this time of year is aimed at writers who are starting new projects, but many of you are mid-way and there is nothing harder...

Scrivener: A Software Resource for Writers
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , , .

An article from our archives – consistently one of our most popular postings! When international bestseller Alex Barclay sang the praises of Scrivener in this excellent article, we thought we’d investigate...

Tips on Writing Your First Chapter by Elizabeth Macneal
Posted by Elizabeth Macneal in , .

I am an author and potter based in East London. My novel The Doll Factory is out now, about a young woman who aspires to be an artist, and the...

How to Write Cinematically by Philip Elliott
Posted by Philip Elliott in , .

If people say anything about my comedic L.A. noir novel Nobody Move, it’s that the book is “like a movie.” And for a novel that references film frequently, it’s a...