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Writing Dark Fairy Tales by Caroline Busher
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The Girl Who Ate The Stars, my second novel, is due out in March 2018. It is an obscure, twisted fairy tale. The book is inspired by the last wolf...

Inspiration and Motivation for 2018 by Claire Hennessy
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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
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“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...

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,...

Prints and Paints: Designing Socks for Mr Wolf by Tatyana Feeney
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My books have been described as “deceptively simple”, a description that I have never been fully comfortable with. Perhaps this comment is a reference to the spare text or the...

There is no such thing as ‘Process’ by Helen Moorhouse

A couple of years ago, I was messaged by a former work colleague who congratulated me on my latest book. I was, as is any writer, flattered. ‘How do you do...

The ‘Issue’ with YA Fiction by Claire Hennessy
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Sometimes, as a writer, introducing yourself is a terrifying thing. You mightn’t know this, but people do presume published authors are psychic, that we can instantly access the answers to...

Story Craft: Superman vs Spiderman or Story vs Plot by Sharon Dempsey
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Plot is the biggest worry for fledging writers. In my workshops, I am often told that new writers find the concept of plot the hardest to grasp. The problem often...

Overcoming Writer’s Block by Helen Moorhouse
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Have you ever had the nightmare where you’re doing your Leaving Cert again? You’re sitting at your desk, prepared – you’ve got this. Except you don’t. All around you other students...

How to Write Dialogue by Angela Clarke
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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...