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Tips For Freelance Writing by Lisa Reynolds
Posted by Lisa Reynolds in , .

Freelance writing is not for everyone but it can be an excellent way to build up a portfolio of your work. At the beginning it may feel like you can...

Writing Courtroom Scenes: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Writers love courtroom drama. They’re pure conflict, and can illicit the full range of emotions from the reader. The thing is, unless we’ve studied the law or are trained solicitors,...

Podcasts for Writers: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Short in , .

I recently got back into listening to podcasts, so I thought I’d share what I believe are some great podcasts for writers. These cover a wide range of topics and...

How to Build a Character Arc: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony...
Posted by Paul Anthony Short in , .

As much as you need to take care with your setting and your plot, at the end of the day you won’t engage with your readers if they can’t connect...

OMG! How Best to Use Slang: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony...
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

Slang is a tricky thing. It makes sense to make your dialogue sound authentic, using idioms and colloquialisms to bring your characters to life, but it can be difficult, to...

Writing Great Plays: Really Useful Links by Ellen Brickley

You don’t need to look very far to find plays that have changed the world. Ireland has an especially strong theatrical tradition, including greats like Wilde, Shaw, Synge and Beckett,...

Writing Great Personal Essays: Really Useful Links by Ellen Brickley
Posted by Ellen Brickley in , , .

The word ‘essay’ strikes fear into many hearts, with its connotations of heavy academic papers or boring school assignments. Essays don’t need to be dull – some of the best...

Finding an Agent: Really Useful Links by Ellen Brickley
Posted by Ellen Brickley in , .

Published authors will often talk about how valuable they have found their agents. It‘s certainly possible to have a great writing career without an agent, but having an advocate, a...

Coping with Rejection: Really Useful Links by Ellen Brickley
Posted by Ellen Brickley in , .

If you’re a writer, you will have been warned to brace yourself for rejections (and if you haven’t, this is your warning). Rejection is part of sending creative work into...

How to Give and Get Great Feedback: Really Useful Links by Ellen...
Posted by Ellen Brickley in , .

Last week, we talked about finding your community as a writer. Once you’ve found that community, you may be lucky and find some of the superheroes known as critique partners...