Category Archives: Writing Advice

Is it ever finished?

That’s the question I’ve been asking myself. Last September, I finished my novel – and sent it forth to the unwelcoming bosom of agent land. Now, I’ve just finished it again. Due, it has to be said, to my first … Continue reading

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Dating an Agent

I got a bit of a start when I took my seat at the Dublin Writers’ Week Date with an Agent last Saturday and took a sheet up, entitled Coping with Rejection. It wasn’t an auspicious start! But things went uphill from there. … Continue reading

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Getting Published (Not me, someone I know)

It’s a nice feeling going to a book launch involving someone you know. It’s great, obviously, for the person concerned, seeing the joy on their face. But it’s also an inspiration for those of us still in the trenches. It … Continue reading

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Top Tips

Most of us can never get enough advice on writing, not least from successful authors. Sometimes, if I’m honest, it can be an easy distraction from doing the actual bum-on-seat work, but there is great advice out there, such as … Continue reading

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Synopsis – The Revenge

Oh, I knew I shouldn’t have written the last post about doing the synopsis. https://cormacokeeffecrime.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/doing-the-synopsis-spin/Complacency had got the better of me, thinking, I had actually cracked it, save for a few tweaks. But then I sent it off to one … Continue reading

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Doing the synopsis spin

I suppose I should not have been surprised when my legs went all wobbly doing the ‘synopsis spin’. I had seen and heard ominous missives from writers about it and the reams of advice online how to do it. But, … Continue reading

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Writers Groups

I still feel my heart racing and my voice going a bit shaky, but reading my novel at writers’ groups is the real litmus test (well, that’s before going to an agent or publisher that is!). If, like me, you … Continue reading

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