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How to Write Cinematically by Philip Elliott
Posted by Philip Elliott in , .

If people say anything about my comedic L.A. noir novel Nobody Move, it’s that the book is “like a movie.” And for a novel that references film frequently, it’s a...

Building on Detail in your Fiction by Patricia O’Reilly
Posted by Patricia O’Reilly in , .

The importance of ‘building on detail’ is a well-known fact when writing fiction. Fiction works best when it is visual, created brush stroke by brush stroke – it’s relatively simple...

Food for Thought: Domestic Themes and Settings by Sally Piper
Posted by Sally Piper in , .

Humans are the only animals who cook and the only primates who share their food. As a consequence, food consumption has evolved to be a significant personal, social and cultural...

Writing Historical Fiction by Patricia O’Reilly
Posted by Patricia O'Reilly in , .

Writing historical fiction is quite a challenge as I first discovered when I set out blithely to write about Irish designer Eileen Gray (1878-1976). She lived through the turmoil of...

How to Create Atmosphere in your Writing by Rachel Burge
Posted by Rachel Burge in , .

People may not remember what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel – and the same can be true of novels....

The Mechanics of Showing by Lance Mason
Posted by Lance Mason in , .

This essay was inspired by, and is based on, a discussion with the novelist and teacher Lee Martin at the Vermont College of Fine Art’s 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference, directed...

Story Craft: Exploring the Art of Creative Writing by Sharon Dempsey
Posted by Sharon Dempsey in , , .

If you are lucky, every now and then you get a light bulb moment while writing. Suddenly the murky waters clear, and you can see clearly what you are trying...

What Jack Reacher’s Fist Can Teach Writers About Sentence Structure by Sam...

We’re often told that the secret to making writing clear and accessible is to use active verbs, simple words and short sentences. There’s something in that advice. But what really...

When More is Too Much: Family Business by Muriel Bolger

It is said that you can tell whether a book is going to be any good after the first eight or nine pages. And I have to agree you usually...

Location, Location: Andrea Carter on Treacherous Strand
Posted by Andrea Carter in , .

Stephen King has said that ‘locale and texture are much more important to the reader’s sense of actually being in the story than any physical description of the players,’ and...