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    Ten Writing Tips ( Day 8 )

    Day 8 of my 500 Words Challenge ” Make a List” I’m reading my email from Jeff Goins and I do a double take. A list? That’s all he wants today? And me on a roll with all that creative writing? I’m joking, of course. It is such a relief to wind down the dial a bit for today. Gives my brain a chance to paddle along the ocean edge. The big waves are fun, but you can’t keep that pace up constantly, you just might get rolled over. With that in mind, I thought I’d share these ten writing tips with you. Stuff that I’ve learned during my six-month…

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    Short Story Writing , Five Useful Websites

    Short Story Writing Generally speaking, a short story is a piece of fiction under approx. 5.000 words in length. Is it just a shorter version of a novel? Not really, short stories actually have more in common with the genre of poetry. You are taking a specific character/event/emotion and focusing in on it like a magnet. “To see the world in a grain of sand” William Blake It’s like concentrating on one photograph on someone’s Facebook, rather than their whole timeline…But, of course, that photograph would need to have something unique or intriguing about it. And, of course, create a strong emotional response. That, to me, is the most important…

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    Creative Writing Course Pauline Clooney

    Creative Writing Course Well, it was certainly worth the wait! A couple of months ago, I listed some writing courses based in Ireland and mentioned that I was hoping to participate in one. I decided to go with the creative writing course run by Pauline Clooney at the Kildare Writing Centre.  Some of my friends had already participated in Pauline’s courses and recommended them to me. Last night was the opening session. We were all a little nervous at first, but Pauline quickly put the group at ease. Soon we were chatting like old friends. I think it’s great to have the social element to go along with the learning side as it…

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    Eight Creative Writing Course Links, Ireland

    Creative Writing Courses Have you been looking online for a good creative writing course? When I did a google search of creative writing course options in Ireland, I found that there was a huge amount of choice available. I tried to focus my search on the most interesting, versatile and accessible options, particularly for beginners.  I came up with this list of personal favourites, eight creative writing course links in total and I’d be happy to explore any of them. Even if you don’t enroll for a course, many of the sites have interesting links and resources which are well worth exploring. I’m sure that there are other viable options…