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Stuck in the Middle of your Book by Tina Callaghan
Posted by Tina Callaghan in , .

When I wrote my first novel, Dark Wood Dark Water, I didn’t know how to write a novel, despite lots of time thinking about it. I am not a planner....

Keep It Cozy! What is Cozy Crime? by Peter Bartram
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What, exactly, is “cozy” about being stabbed in the neck with a carving knife? Or being bludgeoned in the kitchen with a sturdy rolling pin? Or having your bedtime cocoa...

Editing Tricks to Get You Published by Claire Hennessy

Editing. It sounds boring. Fiddly. Dotting i’s. Crossing t’s. Or it sounds like something that is done to you and your work. Someone asks Laura Jane Cassidy about her first...

The Fear of the First Draft by Zoë Miller
Posted by Zoë Miller in , .

The Fear of the First Draft – does it ever go away? One of the questions I’m regularly asked in good faith, now that I have ten books published, is...

How Do You Know When Your Book is Ready? by Catherine Ryan...
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in , .

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
Posted by Alex Wheatle in , .

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?...
Posted by Catherine Ryan Howard in , .

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
Posted by Louise Dean in , .

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
Posted by Sam Blake in .

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...
Posted by Merle Nygate in , .

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...