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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.

6 Tips for Crafting Memorable Characters by Heather Webb
Posted by Heather Webb in , .

When you consider the books that are your favorites, what comes to mind immediately? Is it the setting, or the fascinating plot? The descriptions? These pieces are important, of course, ...continue reading >>

Gifts for Authors: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It’s the season for gift-giving. A couple of years ago, I offered up some suggestions for gifts you could get the author in your life, and this year I thought ...continue reading >>

Prints and Paints: Designing Socks for Mr Wolf by Tatyana Feeney
Posted by Tatyana Feeney in , .

My books have been described as “deceptively simple”, a description that I have never been fully comfortable with. Perhaps this comment is a reference to the spare text or the ...continue reading >>

There is no such thing as ‘Process’ by Helen Moorhouse

A couple of years ago, I was messaged by a former work colleague who congratulated me on my latest book. I was, as is any writer, flattered. ‘How do you do ...continue reading >>

The ‘Issue’ with YA Fiction by Claire Hennessy
Posted by Claire Hennessy in , .

Sometimes, as a writer, introducing yourself is a terrifying thing. You mightn’t know this, but people do presume published authors are psychic, that we can instantly access the answers to ...continue reading >>

When You’ve Finished Your Novel: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

It’s a wrap on NaNoWriMo 2017, and I hope those of you who took part enjoyed the experience, regardless of how many words you wrote in the end. 50,000 words ...continue reading >>

Story Craft: Superman vs Spiderman or Story vs Plot by Sharon Dempsey
Posted by Sharon Dempsey in , .

Plot is the biggest worry for fledging writers. In my workshops, I am often told that new writers find the concept of plot the hardest to grasp. The problem often ...continue reading >>

Submissions Opportunity: New Binary Press
Posted by Writing.ie in , .

A new book from New Binary Press, The Elysian: Creative Responses, highlights just what an invaluable resource this Cork-based publisher has become. The Elysian: Creative Responses, an anthology which brings ...continue reading >>

Overcoming Writer’s Block by Helen Moorhouse
Posted by Helen Moorhouse in , , .

Have you ever had the nightmare where you’re doing your Leaving Cert again? You’re sitting at your desk, prepared – you’ve got this. Except you don’t. All around you other students ...continue reading >>

Where To Go for Good Ideas: Really Useful Links by Paul Anthony Shortt
Posted by Paul Anthony Shortt in , .

I’ve spoken before about how to draw inspiration from real life, but sometimes you need to dig a little deeper to find the story that’s right for you. The most common ...continue reading >>