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Kate Kerrigan: A Radical Change In My Writing Habits
Posted by Kate Kerrigan in , .

Kate Kerrigan is the author of 10 published novels, but she is having to completely overhaul her writing habits – she explains why… “Up until recently my writing techniques went...

A Reason, or Two, to Enter Competitions by Kathryn Burke

I write while I walk, a good way of getting oxygen and inspiration. I work on the move. I, and other people, have the bruises to prove it. When I...

5 Burning Questions on Editing
Posted by Sarah Griffin & Dave Rudden in , .

As a follow-up series to the Editing Panel at Writing.ie’s Date With An Agent event, Sarah Griffin asked the hosts of the panel, Dave Rudden and Claire Hennessy, five burning...

How to Make Your Characters Dance by Ann O’Loughlin
Posted by Ann O'Loughlin in .

Characters have a way of sneaking in to my head and setting up home. First a germ of an idea takes root, constantly agitating making me wonder could I pull...

All About the Twist: Man Bites Dog by Todd Ritter
Posted by Todd Ritter in , .

It’s a headline we’ve seen many, many times before: Newspaper reporter becomes crime novelist. The trend began with Edgar Allen Poe, continued with the likes of Edgar Wallace and lives...

Making Sense of 100K Words – A Storyboard by Zoë Miller
Posted by Zoë Miller in .

I’ve often laughed at my obsession with collecting stationery, but the day I tossed a package of cheap, multi-coloured index cards into my shopping trolley was the day I rescued...

How to Show Not Tell
Posted by Tracy Culleton in , .

This is possibly the number one rule for writing! The most common mistake new (and some older) writers make is telling a story rather than showing. Showing paints the pictures...

How to Keep Going & Get That Book Deal!

Just six months ago, I was sat in front of my computer, feeling like I was banging my head off the wall. I hadn’t written just one book to a...

Once Upon A Time in Folklore
Posted by Henrietta McKervey in .

As is so often the way, it was the unexpected, the unanticipated, that ended up having the biggest impact. When I was doing an MFA in Creative Writing in UCD,...

Picture Books: To Rhyme Or Not To Rhyme by Sarah Webb
Posted by Sarah Webb in .

  I was doing some intense thinking about picture books last night. My writing class asked me why I’m not keen on rhyming picture books and I didn’t have a...