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The Seven Stages of Creativity: Week 6 Clarification
Posted by Orna Ross in , .

If you have truly given yourself over to choosing, germinating, researching, drafting and deepening, each in their turn, you have now, finally, reached the point where you can let your...

How Short Stories Can Lead to Bigger Things

For those with a few moments to spare, I’d like to share my ‘short story’ on what changed my luck and transformed my ‘writer status’ from unpublished to published. My...

Research: How Much Do You Need?
Posted by Mary Malone in , .

Research is an area that all authors approach differently. Whether it’s drawing on personal experience or spending weeks and months trawling through an historic period or geographical location, or learning...

The Seven Stages of Creativity: Week 5 Amplification – Deepening
Posted by Orna Ross in , .

The fifth stage of the creative process requires the ability to read between the lines and expand on meaning, metaphor and form. It is characterised by deep care and attention...

The Essential Elements of Description
Posted by Tracy Culleton in , .

These are the most important elements to remember when it comes to description: The reader needs description to paint the picture of a location or scene in their head, but...

How to Make Your Own Luck with Short Stories

Ivy Bannister, award winning short stoy writer recently spoke at Dublin City Hall with authors Kate Kerrigan and Mary Malone as part of the Dublin Book Festival, 2011. The panel, discussing how...

Understanding Characters: Tracy Culleton
Posted by Tracy Culleton in , .

We get to know a character throughout the course of a story, through: What he/she says What he/she thinks What he/she does What others say about him/her To a lesser...

The 9 Day Writer’s Week
Posted by Mary Malone in , .

WRITING and WORKING – are there enough hours in a day …? Of course not! I’m a writer with a full time job, a family and a house to run...

The Unreliable Narrator & The Art of Misdirection
Posted by Tracy Culleton in , .

The narrator in any story doesn’t have to tell the truth! There are a few different scenarios: The narrator is deliberately lying. The narrator genuinely believes s/he’s telling the truth,...

The Seven Stages of Creativity Week 4: Composition (Drafting)
Posted by Orna Ross in , .

A great piece of writing is a perfectly intermeshed concoction of illusions. The primary illusion is one of ease. When we read a beautifully constructed book with pleasure and admiration,...