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Making a Book: From Start to Finish by Roisin Meaney
Posted by Roisin Meaney in .

One of the marvelous things about writing and creativity is that every author’s approach is different – but by sharing our tips and tricks we can all learn new ways...

The Top Five Writing Tips of a Literary Fiend
Posted by Dave Rudden in .

This Sunday, 18th October 2015 at 3pm in there’s a new show in town. As part of Lingo: A Spoken Word Festival a selection of Ireland’s funniest and smartest writers...

The Runner’s Guide to Writing by Alana Kirk
Posted by Alana Kirk in .

I run and I write. One makes me thin and the other makes me fat and so they somehow equal each other out. Until recently I did both of those...

Trials, Hacks and Insomniacs – The Inspiration Behind ‘Alone With The Dead’...
Posted by James Nally in .

From idea to printed book, Alone With The Dead took four calendar years to complete – though much of the source material had been burning a hole in my ‘man...

Writing Fantastical Worlds by Ruth Frances Long & E. R. Murray
Posted by Ruth Frances Long and ER Murray in .

Two different writers, two different age groups, and two different publishers – but Ruth Frances Long and E.R. Murray are both writing urban fantasy books set in Dublin. A Hollow...

The Mystery Novel – Craft, Art, and Plotting by Alexandra Burt
Posted by Alexandra Burt in .

In a recent interview I was asked what attracted me to crime fiction. The answer was easy enough; I didn’t choose crime fiction, it chose me. A trend had emerged...

Maria Duffy: It’s All About Character
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People often tell me that I write books very quickly. And if we’re just talking about putting words on paper, they’d probably be right. But by the time I actually...

The Essential Opening Chapters by William Ryan
Posted by William Ryan in , .

First chapters sell books. In fact, often, first lines sell books. Here’s an example from Elmore Leonard’s Freaky Deaky: Chris Mankowski’s last day on the job, two in the afternoon,...

Writing Fairy Tale Retellings that Stand Out by Betsy Cornwell
Posted by Betsy Cornwell in .

Every few years, someone announces that “fairy tale retellings are back!” In truth, however, retellings are just about the oldest kind of story there is. Sure, technically the first story...

Want to Write for Children? Patricia Murphy Explains
Posted by Patricia Murphy in .

My main qualification for writing for children is that I used to be one. Just like everyone else. So I believe we all have the potential to write for kids....