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How to Show Not Tell
Posted by Tracy Culleton in , .

This is possibly the number one rule for writing! The most common mistake new (and some older) writers make is telling a story rather than showing. Showing paints the pictures...

Inspiring Locations – Five Years On…with Michelle Jackson

It’s June 2013 and five years since my first novel was published. In some ways it doesn’t feel that long – in others it feels a lot longer. When I...

A Sense of Place by Paula Leyden
Posted by Paula Leyden in , .

Both The Butterfly Heart and The Sleeping Baobab Tree are set in different parts of Zambia.  Despite it being many years since I have set foot in Zambia, the memories...

A Sense of Memory Part 2
Posted by Guy Le Jeune in , .

‘There were two walnut trees… two walnut trees… one is still there, it is!’ At the end of Part 1 I suggested two smells that might act as the magical...

A Sense of Memory Part 1
Posted by Guy Le Jeune in .

“A dunghill at a distance sometimes smells like musk, and a dead dog like elder-flowers.” Samuel Taylor Coleridge For minutes it seemed, I stood, fixed to the ground. I was...

Laurence O’Bryan on Writing with Emotional Hooks
Posted by Laurence O'Bryan in .

Making an emotional connection with readers is critically important whatever type of fiction you are writing. If you don’t, readers can easily stop reading. That’s the last thing we want....

Writing to scare…
Posted by Helen Moorhouse in .

Sometimes I wish I didn’t believe in ghosts. The Boogie Man. The monster under the bed. The Banshee. The thundering hooves of the Puca.  The witch coming down the chimney....

Frisky Business, Clodagh Murphy
Posted by Clodagh Murphy in , .

Please note that this article is for writers over the age of 18! There has been a lot of talk lately about the sudden rise in the popularity of erotic...

Recreating the Past & Taking Your Readers With You
Posted by Annemarie Neary in , .

When you write about the distant past, you’re aiming to take your reader somewhere neither of you have ever been. You’ll need to be both a convincing liar and an...

Using The Five Senses – Bringing Your Fiction to Life
Posted by Vanessa Gebbie in , .

Let’s look at the opening paragraph of one of my favourite novels – Indian writer Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, winner of the Booker in 1997. ‘May in Ayemenem...