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Writing Your First Short Stories by Orla McAlinden

My children were going to grow up without a grandfather. I’d never known my grandfathers either, nor my grannies. All I had of them were a few snatched recollections, here...

Why Join Writing.ie? What Are The Benefits To You?
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , , , .

Writing.ie was thrilled recently to win EU Business News Magazine’s prestigious award for Best Digital Writing Resource, on top of the Blogger Awards (silver and gold) that we have won...

Finding Your Writing Process by Ally Carter
Posted by Ally Carter in , .

What’s the best process to use when writing a book? It’s incredibly important that I say this up front and often: Every writer has a different process. In fact, every...

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...