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Dublin Book Festival 2017

The Dublin Book Festival is fast approaching, with an array of fantastic events, readings and interviews for you to enjoy. Here’s the low down on the annual book fest: What is it? The Dublin Book Festival is one of Ireland’s most successful and vibrant book festivals, running since June 2006.  The annual festival showcases, supports and develops Irish publishing. It is a celebration of Irish authors and publishers and is a not-to-be-missed event for those interested in writing. When is it? The Dublin Book Festival takes place from 2nd  until […]

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Horror Fiction – 4 Tips to write a Terrifying Story

Horror fiction is a genre that has lasted the ages, transcended generations and left a mark in literary history. From Bram Stoker to Stephen King, horror writers have left a mark on the literary scene and resonated with readers all around. So much so that readers are left turning on their light at night to ward away the dark. Which, let’s be honest, is part of the fun. Here are 4 of our favourite tips for making writing terrifying your readers: Maintain mystery to maintain fear Fear of the unknown […]

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Writing Poetry – 4 Ways to get Started

There is no one way to write poetry. The great thing about poetry is that it can come in all shapes, sizes and forms and helps us to question what those forms might be. But if you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of our favourite ways to kick-start the poetry process. Capture a moment Sometimes people think on a large scale, but some of the most effective poetry captures a moment and harnesses the emotions for the audience to connect to. Try to work with emotion and metaphor […]

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Proof-Reading – Our Top 5 Tips

They say you are your own worst critic. And in some ways, that can be the case. However, sometimes editing your own work can be hard and you miss out on little details that can make or break your piece of writing. Here are some of our top tips for proof-reading: Print it People read differently on screen and on paper, so print out a copy of your writing. If you read aloud, your ear might catch errors that your eye may have missed. Homonyms Homonyms are words that share […]

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Crime Fiction – Make your Story Criminally Good

Sometimes, crime does pay. Sometimes the darker the narrative, the more juicy the plot, the more fun the crime novel can be. Writing is hard and finding your way through the words takes an immense amount of time, but with these tips, you might be able to help make your novel more about crime, and less of a punishment. Make it exciting The worst crime a writer can commit is to be boring. If a crime novel turns out to be boring there’s a very high chance it is because […]

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7 Writing Tips from Top Authors

Writing is all about inspiration. The biggest tip any writer can give is to read, write and rewrite, but here are a few more famous writing tips to get you in the mood to put pen to paper. “My first rule was given to me by TH White, author of The Sword in the Stone and other Arthurian fantasies and was: Read. Read everything you can lay hands on. I always advise people who want to write a fantasy or science fiction or romance to stop reading everything in those genres and […]

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Make an Impression – Writing your First Line

Writing your book is brave. Writing its first line is even braver. There is no other way to describe it. From the moment your audience opens your book, you need to hook them in and that can be daunting. This is your first opportunity to hook readers in. That’s why the first line of your book can be quintessential is making it a must read. Check out some of our favourite ways to capture your audience from the get go. To state a principle “It is a truth universally acknowledged, […]

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POV – Choosing the Right View for You

What is POV? And how do you choose the best one for your story POV stands for Point of View, and it’s one of the most important aspects of your story that must be decided before you even start to write. Sometimes you sit down in front of your computer, and the POV just comes to you. Other times, it takes a little bit of thought and trying our different points of view to see which best serves your novel.. Here are some examples of POVs and how to choose […]

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