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My Writing Process by Lucy Clarke
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Lucy Clarke’s debut novel, The Sea Sisters, hit the ground running with multiple foreign rights sales as well as becoming a Richard & Judy Book Club Choice. You can read...

The Many ‘Right’ Ways to Write by Kevin O’Connell
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“How d’you do it?” Whether one is just starting, howsoever tentatively, to write fiction or has been at the craft for some time – even a very long time –...

So you want to be a writer? Who cares? by Owen Dwyer
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When setting out to write something you should always start with a theme, in my view. Pick something you care about. Better still, pick something other people will care about...

NaNoWriMo: Applications due for National Novel Writing Month
Posted by Writing.ie in , .

It’s almost time for that race-against-the-clock, heart-pounding rollercoaster of creativity that is National Novel Writing Month! In just two weeks, writers everywhere will begin penning the tales that will sweep...

Naming Characters by Jane Isaac
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Names help to define an individual and form the basis of the many layers it takes to build them. In essence, a strong name makes the character real in our...

Research – and how not to do it! by Fiona Gartland
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Research is an essential part of writing fiction. It lends authenticity to a creation which is otherwise entirely fabricated. And readers, though they are prepared to suspend their disbelief in...

The Myth of the Debut Novel by Kate Simants
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Lock Me In, my debut novel, is a thriller about a young woman who suffers from a psychological condition in which she dissociates from reality. She’ll become a different person...

Researching Historical Novels by Pam Lecky
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For anyone writing historical fiction, the research required can be daunting. Fortunately, I love it, and over the years my collection of reference books has grown. The genre requires a...

Researching a Location: 55 by James Delargy
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So you’ve decided that your book will not be based in the country where you usually live. In fact you have never lived there. Nothing wrong with that. It might...

On Language and Dialect: Bearmouth by Liz Hyder
Posted by Liz Hyder in , .

When I was a child, one of my aspirations was to become an Egyptologist, to explore the wild desert sands on a camel, to read hieroglyphs and make exciting new...