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Resources for Writers

Here we aim to give you solid tips and advice to improve your writing from a wide range of Irish authors.

Whether you write fiction or non-fiction, scripts or poetry we hope that you will find articles here to guide and inspire you. If you have queries on a topic we haven't covered here, drop us an email or post your question on our members blog where you will find help and support from other writers.

Building a Character Arc: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in .

This week I’d like to go into an important aspect of writing, who your story is about: the characters. As much as you need to take care with your setting ...continue reading >>

Using Your Home as a Backdrop to a Novel by Nicola Cassidy
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Nicola Cassidy, author of December Girl, reflects on the research that led her to write her debut set in the Boyne Valley, in a week that saw the famous site ...continue reading >>

Submissions Call: Skein Press
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Submissions Deadline: Open Fionnuala Cloke and Gráinne O’Toole set up Skein Press in 2017. Fionnuala worked in publishing before going freelance as an editor and translator and Gráinne is a ...continue reading >>

Critical Analysis: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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I’ve been writing for a long time and if there’s one skill that has served me best out of everything I’ve learned, it’s critical analysis. Literary criticism is the study ...continue reading >>

Building Character: On Bone Bridge by Maria Hoey
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I was asked recently how I came up with the character of Kay Kelly. For those who have not read the book, Kay Kelly is the first-person narrator of my ...continue reading >>

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 – ...continue reading >>

Pacing the Thriller: Believe Me by JP Delaney
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The one thing everyone agrees a thriller needs is pace. If it doesn’t make you turn the pages – if you’re not hooked from the get-go, and so addicted by ...continue reading >>

Flash Fiction: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
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Flash Fiction is something I’ve been trying out a little on my Patreon. It’s a form of storytelling involving extremely condensed action and narrative. Often it won’t even have a ...continue reading >>

“So, where do your ideas come from?” by Cara Hunter
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“Where do your ideas some from?” At events, this is the question I get asked more than any other, and I suspect other writers find the same. And I’m not ...continue reading >>

Research Techniques: The Language of Secrets by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Posted by Ausma Zehanat Khan in , .

My Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty crime series features a pair of Canadian detectives who specialize in sensitive investigations in minority communities. Though the series is grounded in the multicultural city of ...continue reading >>