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Developing Your Craft

Scroll down to read our articles on who exactly is who in Irish publishing – from agents to editors, state agencies to organisations, this is section is essential reading for anyone new to the industry.

Editor Scott Pack’s Top Tips

This is just one reason why Twitter has huge value for writers. Editor Scott Pack ( @meandmybigmouth)  of Unbound tweeted this thread of wisdom and solid gold editorial tips –...

Working with a Mentor: The New Girl by Ingrid Alexandra
Posted by Ingrid Alexandra in .

I suppose I’ve always written, even as a child, and no matter which other direction life took me in, it was something I always came back to. Like an itch...

Writers and Public Speaking by Olivia Rana
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In 2012 researchers at Nebraska University carried out a study, which found that public speaking was the most common fear amongst students, ranking higher than hundreds of other fears, including...

The Misadventures of a Mature Student (Part 3) by Katy O’Dowd
Posted by Katy O’Dowd in .

As I was pondering which recollections belonged in my third and final dispatch about my first time at university, NUI Galway before embarking on my portfolio, two lovely uni-related things...

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

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