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How Do You Know When Your Book is Ready? by Catherine Ryan...
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The Inspiration Project presents Refreshers Week took place in Dublin on September 29th last. Thirty writers came to the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St. Stephen’s Green for a day of intensive...

Writing for Teens: Dialogue Inspirations by Alex Wheatle
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When I create a teenage character for a fictional piece of work, my first priority is to give that young person an engaging, entertaining and fresh voice.  I surround my...

I’ve got an idea for a book . . . what next?...
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The Inspiration Project presents Refreshers Week took place in Dublin on September 29th last. Thirty writers came to the Fitzwilliam Hotel on St. Stephen’s Green for a day of intensive...

Getting the Idea for Your Novel by Louise Dean
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The idea for your novel doesn’t often come to you whole and complete. If you’re writing historical fiction then it may do, as mine did for This Human Season which is set...

Are You a Good Character Witness? by Sam Blake
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There is an age old debate about whether great crime is plot or character driven. Plot is essential, but without great characters and conflict between those characters, there is no...

From Zero to Hero – The Emotional Arc in Writing by Merle...
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Here’s how to embed an emotional arc into the structure of your book so no one will ever know… When a character changes during the course of a narrative as...

Editing Your First Draft by Joanne Burn
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It’s a real achievement to complete the first draft of a novel – congratulations! So, what now? It might be that you’re lucky enough to have fellow writers with whom...

The World of Special Needs and Disabilities in Fiction by Carol Coffey
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Carol Coffey has used her extensive background in disabilities to bring the world of special needs to the wider population through her writing.  Here she talks about her novel The...

Kicking it into Shape: Self-Editing Tips by Alison May
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A first draft is not a novel. A first draft is, at best, a potential novel. Different writers will have different amounts of potential in that first draft, but very...

Working as a Court Reporter: The Secrets You Hide by Kate Helm
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Court in the act – author Kate Helm on how her experiences as a reporter led to her writing her first thriller: I was 18 when I first appeared in...