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Hold Onto Your Dreams by Colleen Coleman
Posted by Colleen Coleman in .

I knew I loved reading, writing, talking and gossip. I imagined that becoming a writer would give me license to indulge in all of the above. As a schoolgirl in...

About Creative Writing Notebooks by Tanya Ravenswater
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You might be just about to floss your teeth when a character or the kind of plot line that you’ve spent months pushing yourself to consciously generate rises from the...

Children & Careers: A Writer’s Eye View Into the Reality of Women’s...
Posted by Rachel Crowther in .

Things have changed dramatically for women over the last hundred years, from the last of the stay-at-home generations who were largely confined to the domestic sphere (although some rare and...

Writing Authentic And Readable Dialogue by Carmel Harrington
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Imagine watching a movie without any dialogue. Now think of the last movie you watched that was full of cheesy, badly written, cliched lines. I’m looking at you Serena (Netflix)....

Sam Blake’s 10 Tips for Editing Your Second Draft
Posted by Sam Blake in , .

This weekend I’ve been at the Open House Festival in Bangor hosting the Dear Agent event with literary agent Polly Nolan of The Greenhouse Literary Agency, agent Paul Feldstein and...

Outline Planning Permission Part 2: Nigel Quinlan
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Writing is a creative process and with that there is a need to continually develop the process, improve and hone it. Here children’s writer Nigel Quinlan, author of The Maloneys’...

Creating Characters and Dialogue by Tanya Ravenswater
Posted by Tanya Ravenswater in .

Writer’s Health Warning: what follows is about my own perspective on creating characters and dialogues in writing fiction. Please feel free to pick and choose whatever you find useful here....

Outline Planning Permission: Part 1 by Nigel Quinlan
Posted by Nigel Quinlan in .

Writing is a creative process and with that there is a need to continually develop the process, improve and hone it. Here children’s writer Nigel Quinlan, author of The Maloneys’...

Location, Location: Andrea Carter on Treacherous Strand
Posted by Andrea Carter in , .

Stephen King has said that ‘locale and texture are much more important to the reader’s sense of actually being in the story than any physical description of the players,’ and...

The A-Z of Writing for Children and Young Adults by Claire Hennessy...
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

Claire Hennessy is a bestselling YA author and editor and she’s got together with some of Ireland’s leading YA and children’s authors to give you a comprehensive guide to writing...