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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.

Children’s Books for Christmas by Olivia Hope
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Here’s a word for your vocabulary – JOLABOKAFLOD; it’s means Yule Book Flood and comes from Iceland’s release of new book titles in the run up to Christmas. Now the ...continue reading >>

You Want to be a Writer – SO READ! by Zoë Miller
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Imagine if you had a dream of taking part in Dancing with the Stars, if you loved dancing so much that you longed to be involved in this glittering event. ...continue reading >>

The Midpoint of the Story by Louise Dean
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If you’re about to write a novel, start with the midpoint. That’s the place to begin to build your world around. The midpoint is the point of no return in ...continue reading >>

10 Things To Look Out For When Line Editing by Adriana Bielkova
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This is one of our most popular posts, but, as our archive is so huge, we know articles can get lost – so here are some vital tips for anyone intending ...continue reading >>

Picture Books: From Idea to Submission by Olivia Hope
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If ever someone tells me they have a children’s picturebook story they want to write I’ll beam enthusiastically and say ‘How fantastic. What’s your favourite picturebook you’ve recently read?’ Their ...continue reading >>

Can You Successfully Write in Two Different Genres? by Carol Wyer
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People often ask me how hard it is to write in two very different genres – comedy and thrillers, and my stock answer is, ‘It isn’t difficult at all, as ...continue reading >>

Turn Your Idea into a Screenplay (Part 2) by L.J. Sedgwick
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In Part 1 of this article, I wrote: ‘. . . it’s not enough to simply keep firing obstacles into the path of your central character. You have to create ...continue reading >>

Submissions Call: Verve Books
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Submissions deadline: Open Verve Books is a new dynamic digital only company, borne out of a love of  brilliant, page turning fiction and a passion for digital publishing. We launch ...continue reading >>

Writing a Novel: Not a Sprint but a Marathon by Rod Smith
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It has been said that ‘everyone has a book inside them, and in most cases that’s where it should stay’. I have been trying to write a novel called The ...continue reading >>

The Irish Writers’ Union: What has it ever done for us? by Lissa Oliver
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Having coined a Pythonesque phrase, I could follow-up by providing a long list of positive pro-action on the part of the Irish Writers’ Union (IWU), but truthfully the most important ...continue reading >>