Category Archives: Writing fiction

Intellectual versus emotional inspiration in the creative writing process

Copyright © 2016 Jerry Dunne I include here a definition of these two types of inspiration, offer a practical example of each from my own work and point out some pros and cons of the two approaches. Of course, inspiration … Continue reading

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Women protagonists/antagonists in the psychological crime story

Copyright © 2015 Jerry Dunne Why write psychological crime? explains the category of psychological crime referred to in this post. For female characters to engage in leading roles in our subgenre of psychological crime, it will undoubtedly mean that they … Continue reading

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Why write psychological crime?

Copyright © 2015 Jerry Dunne I have just finished writing my second psychological crime novel, and here I’m happy to explain what I mean by this category of crime writing and why I choose to write in it as opposed … Continue reading

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A few thoughts on the inspiration behind character development

Copyright © 2015 Jerry Dunne Character does not arise in some pure form out of the writer’s imagination. The creative mind is influenced by a myriad of sources that gather in quantity and quality over a whole lifetime and arrives … Continue reading

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The struggle to finish that first novel

Copyright © 2015 Jerry Dunne I get a fair few e-mails from people telling me they’re about to give up on trying to finish their first novel (or have already given up) and can I offer them any advice on … Continue reading

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Pace the story

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Narrative pace concerns how fast or slow the plot movement feels to the reader as they make their way through the story. Good pace enables the narrative to offer a feeling of smooth and constant … Continue reading

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Well-structured dialogue

Copyright © 2014 Jerry Dunne Dialogue is a powerful tool in the development of character, conflict, humour, drama, tension, suspense and pace. But dialogue must be handled skilfully in order to accomplish any of its objectives. Without a proper understanding … Continue reading

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