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Writing Short Stories by Daragh Fleming

Short stories are fun. They’re little glimpses of some obscure off-shot of life. The great thing about writing a short story is that, once you have a spark, the story...

Writing Historical Fiction by Patricia O’Reilly
Posted by Patricia O'Reilly in , .

Writing historical fiction is quite a challenge as I first discovered when I set out blithely to write about Irish designer Eileen Gray (1878-1976). She lived through the turmoil of...

The Creative Process: On Writing Magic by Rachel Rueckert
Posted by Rachel Rueckert in , .

Hands down, one of the best parts of being Anam Cara’s director is getting to know the writers- and artists-in-residence and their work. They have taught me and each other much...

Protagonists: why two is more and less is a bore by Camilla...
Posted by Camilla Grebe in , .

When it comes to creating drama in a novel, choosing to use more than one protagonist may be better. The reason? It takes two, or more, to tango. A few...

Research: when to do it and when not to do it by...
Posted by Brandon Rolfe in , .

It helps immensely if the subject of one’s writing is of strong personal interest and not just that of commercial potential.  I have a penchant for the military scenario, hence...

Getting Started on your Novel by Faith Hogan
Posted by Faith Hogan in , .

Well done – lots of people want to write a book and there are just as many who think they have a book in them that we are all just...

Turning an Idea into a Plot by S.A. Dunphy
Posted by S.A. Dunphy in , .

I’m obsessed with notebooks. I have little spiral ones I keep in the breast pocket of my jacket. I carry one everywhere with me.  I go to a specific shop...

10 Productivity Tips for Serious Writers by Jerry Jenkins
Posted by Jerry Jenkins in , .

Where should I write? When should I write?  How much should I write each day? Should I outline or should I wing it? Those voices in your head reside on...

How To Get An Edgar Nomination in 72 Easy Steps by Catherine...
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in , .

In May 2016, my biggest dream came true: my debut thriller, Distress Signals, was published. I had wanted to get a novel published since I was 8 years old and...

Character in a Screenplay: Bringing it all Together by Lindsay J Sedgwick
Posted by Lindsay J Sedgwick in , .

What you are looking for when you develop a character are experiences or memories that have shaped her. The process will often reveal traits that wouldn’t have been obvious to...