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Resources for Writers

Plotting and Planning

Collective Wisdom: Plotting by Niamh O’Connor
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Dorothea Brande in Becoming A Writer, which was first published in 1934, claimed that creative writing books and courses are mostly disappointing. The writer’s real problem is one of of...

The Midpoint of the Story by Louise Dean
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If you’re about to write a novel, start with the midpoint. That’s the place to begin to build your world around. The midpoint is the point of no return in...

Writing a Novel: Not a Sprint but a Marathon by Rod Smith
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It has been said that ‘everyone has a book inside them, and in most cases that’s where it should stay’. I have been trying to write a novel called The...

Writing as a Team by A.J. MacKenzie
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As a husband-and-wife writing team, the most frequently asked question we get is, ‘How do you work together?’ That’s a tough question to answer, partly because the process seems different...

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

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...

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...

How to Structure your Writing Without Pain by Merle Nygate
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William Goldman famously said there were only three rules for screenwriting: ‘Structure, structure and structure.’  Some people have an ability to structure a narrative without even thinking about it; these...

Scrivener: A Software Resource for Writers
Posted by Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin in , , .

An article from our archives – consistently one of our most popular postings! When international bestseller Alex Barclay sang the praises of Scrivener in this excellent article, we thought we’d investigate...