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.

Music and Sounds to Help You Work: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

For some of us, writing in silence or with the usual background noise of a house, library, or café can be challenging. I’m never really comfortable working in total silence, ...continue reading >>

HeadStuff Call for Poetry Submissions
Posted by Writing.ie in , .

Submissions Deadline: Continuous HeadStuff is re-launching its Poetry section. We want to publish the best in contemporary poetry, from Ireland and beyond. The section will not only be a place ...continue reading >>

An Essential YA Reading List by Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

If you read a lot of author interviews or FAQs you’re probably sick of seeing this bit of advice: ‘make sure you read lots of [genre/field X!] if you want ...continue reading >>

Second Novel Syndrome by Shane Dunphy
Posted by Shane Dunphy in , , .

In 2009 I was making a documentary for RTE television and, as part of the shoot, the crew and I ended up in the beautiful English village of Dorking.  We ...continue reading >>

Interview Prep: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

I’ve previously shared advice on giving interviews, but it’s such an important subject, both in terms of the work needed to prepare and how it can impact an author’s public ...continue reading >>

The Mechanics of Showing by Lance Mason
Posted by Lance Mason in , .

This essay was inspired by, and is based on, a discussion with the novelist and teacher Lee Martin at the Vermont College of Fine Art’s 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference, directed ...continue reading >>

Start Writing and Don’t Stop: Pond Scum by Michael Lilly
Posted by Michael Lilly in .

Writing is beautiful. Writing is also frustrating, fickle, and ugly. The muse is a beast elusive and majestic, gracing us with its presence at inopportune times and taunting us with ...continue reading >>

Building Your Street Team: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

What is a street team? You might not have heard of the term, especially if you’re not familiar with marketing advice given to self-publishers. A street team is essentially a ...continue reading >>

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 ...continue reading >>

The Structure of your Novel: One Good Reason by Susan Stairs
Posted by Susan Stairs in .

So, you’re writing a novel. You’ve half decided on a plot, conjured up a cast of characters and there they are, wandering around your dreamed-up setting, holding their hands in ...continue reading >>