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Are You a Good Character Witness? by Sam Blake
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There is an age old debate about whether great crime is plot or character driven. Plot is essential, but without great characters and conflict between those characters, there is no...

The Character Dossier by Dr. Bob Rich
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The aim of all fiction is to induce emotion in the reader. While immersed in your story, a person should be encouraged to enter its reality, so that, for the...

Building Character: On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey
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I was asked recently how I came up with the character of Kay Kelly. For those who have not read the book, Kay Kelly is the first-person narrator of my...

Spare Words – A Tip for Writing Characters by Andrea Mara
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What if something happened in my next-door neighbour’s house, and nobody knew? What if we’re all so busy at work every day, and minding small children at night, and we...

The Unreliable Narrator: Midday by David B. Lyons
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Get ready to lie. Crime fiction is surfing a wave of evolution right now. The highest-selling fiction genre has always carried with it similar dark themes, gripping story arcs and...

Second Novel Syndrome by Shane Dunphy
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In 2009 I was making a documentary for RTE television and, as part of the shoot, the crew and I ended up in the beautiful English village of Dorking.  We...

6 Tips for Crafting Memorable Characters by Heather Webb
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When you consider the books that are your favorites, what comes to mind immediately? Is it the setting, or the fascinating plot? The descriptions? These pieces are important, of course,...

Story Craft: Exploring the Art of Creative Writing by Sharon Dempsey
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If you are lucky, every now and then you get a light bulb moment while writing. Suddenly the murky waters clear, and you can see clearly what you are trying...

The Impact of Real Life Events on Writing Fiction by Paul Read

There’s a scene towards the end of Muriel Spark’s The Finishing School where Rowland Mahler, a frustrated creative writing teacher, lectures his class a few days after the burial of...

Writing Both Standalone and Series Characters: Sleeping Beauties by Jo Spain
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Last year, at the launch of my second book, I pulled a stunt on my husband. He was approaching a big birthday, his fiftieth, the following December. The launch was in...