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Crime Fiction: The Purpose of an Inquest by R.C. Bridgestock
Posted by RC Bridgestock in , .

RC Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic...

How Writing Failure Leads to Writing Discipline by Lance Mason
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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...

Crime Fiction: The Purpose of a Post-Mortem by R.C. Bridgestock
Posted by RC Bridgestock in , .

RC Bridgestock is the name that husband and wife co-authors Robert (Bob) and Carol Bridgestock write under. Between them they have nearly 50 years of police experience, offering an authentic...

An Essential YA Reading List by Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

If you read a lot of author interviews or FAQs you’re probably sick of seeing this bit of advice: ‘make sure you read lots of [genre/field X!] if you want...

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...

The Mechanics of Showing by Lance Mason
Posted by Lance Mason in , .

This essay was inspired by, and is based on, a discussion with the novelist and teacher Lee Martin at the Vermont College of Fine Art’s 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference, directed...

Start Writing and Don’t Stop: Pond Scum by Michael Lilly
Posted by Michael Lilly in .

Writing is beautiful. Writing is also frustrating, fickle, and ugly. The muse is a beast elusive and majestic, gracing us with its presence at inopportune times and taunting us with...

The Structure of your Novel: One Good Reason by Susan Stairs
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So, you’re writing a novel. You’ve half decided on a plot, conjured up a cast of characters and there they are, wandering around your dreamed-up setting, holding their hands in...

Developing Your Big Idea by Joan Brady
Posted by Joan Brady in , .

So you’re so excited about the big idea you have for a novel.  Snatches of scenes and characters are taking over your imagination. They won’t leave you alone and you...

Location, Location, Location – Crime Fiction’s Secret Weapon by Marnie Riches
Posted by Marnie Riches in , .

Most published authors will agree that the development of a compelling story must always be informed by well-rounded characters. Especially in the case of writing series, you need a charismatic...