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The Knowing is in the Doing: How to Write a Novel by...
Posted by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald in , .

I often think of new books as having dark-adapted sensibilities, and imagine them blinking and wincing a little as they come out into the light. And I’m thinking of this...

‘How long does it take to write a book?’ by Sharon Thompson
Posted by Sharon Thompson in , .

‘How long does it take to write a book?’ I get asked this a lot. With only one published book, The Abandoned, it is difficult to give an honest and...

How To Research Writing A Novel by Angela Clarke

Angela Clarke is The Sunday Times bestselling author of the Social Media Murder Series, including Follow Me, Watch Me, and Trust Me. Angela has produced an extensive collection of Writing Tips video tutorials on many...

Notebook Fear Is Real, Guys by Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

Once upon a time I was given a notebook. I can’t remember the context, but I do recall the book itself: almost-A4 size, covered with purple satin (my favourite colour)...

How Writing Failure Leads to Writing Discipline by Lance Mason
Posted by Lance Mason in , .

My first attempt at a novel followed a Steinbeck binge, my next-in-the-series of fiction-groupie crushes that began with The Iliad, went through Jack London, Saul Bellow, John le Carre, On...

Second Novel Syndrome by Shane Dunphy
Posted by Shane Dunphy in , , .

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...

Starting Your Novel: The Weekend Dad by Alison Walsh
Posted by Alison Walsh in , .

When I was thinking about the idea of ‘beginnings’ for this piece, I did some research and found myself faced with lots of inspirational quotes, of the ‘step through the...

New Year, New Writing Self by Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

For several years now I have made a list of the things I want to achieve, saved in a Word document on my computer each year and mostly ready to...

Inspiration and Motivation for 2018 by Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

For the purposes of this piece (and possibly life), ‘inspiration’ is about getting ideas. ‘Motivation’ is getting off your arse to turn them into something. It’s possibly a false dichotomy,...

Write What You Know by Shane Dunphy
Posted by Shane Dunphy in , .

“Have you ever thought about writing fiction?” I was sitting in a café in Castleknock with Ciara Doorley, my editor at Hachette Ireland. My last non-fiction book, The Boy They...

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