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The Misadventures of a Mature Student (Part 2) by Katy O’Dowd
Posted by Katy O'Dowd in .

The last time we spoke, I had finished my first semester and was writing essays. This time, I am writing essays. I am writing essays like I have never written...

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

When international bestseller Alex Barclay sang the praises of Scrivener in this excellent article, we thought we’d investigate and find out what it’s all about. This is what Alex said: The...

Genre Jumping: The Echo Killing by Christi Daugherty
Posted by Christi Daugherty in .

The first idea for a novel that ever came to me was a murder mystery involving a crime reporter in the Deep South in the US. I had that idea...

Head, Heart or Gut: What Kind of Writer Are You? by Campbell...
Posted by Campbell Jefferys in .

My doctor has a theory that there are three kinds of patients: head patients, heart patients and gut patients. Whatever is ailing a patient, they will feel it first in...

Story Craft: PoV and the Writer’s Contract by Sharon Dempsey
Posted by Sharon Dempsey in .

One of the most difficult aspects of writing to get right, and to sustain over a piece on long-form fiction, is point of view. Getting it wrong is the quickest...

Ruthlessly Editing Your Own Work by Nigel Quinlan
Posted by Nigel Quinlan in .

The idea for The Cloak Of Feathers came out of a moment of despair when I was writing what would become my first published novel for children, The Maloneys’ Magical...

Switching from Mindless to Mindful by Annmarie O’Connor
Posted by Annmarie O'Connor in .

My name is Annmarie and I’m a recovering distraction junkie. I never thought I had a problem until I was faced with a 10-car pile-up on the slippery slope of...

Keeping it Real by Helen Moorhouse
Posted by Helen Moorhouse in , .

Books. Black squiggles, strategically placed on a substance made of tree bark. Informative. Instructive. Educational. And able to carry within them the key to the human heart and soul. Think...

The Misadventures of a Mature Student by Katy O’Dowd
Posted by Katy O’Dowd in .

Around this time last year, I went on a trip to Dublin to attend a KDP event and met up with an old with a friend of mine, who mentioned...

A Year of Reading Irish by Caroline Doherty de Novoa
Posted by Caroline Doherty de Novoa in .

I’ve spent a lot of time this past year talking about guilt, about exile and return, and about mammies, and about the guilt mammies can instil in their offspring when said...

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