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Aug 03,2015

Hello there wonderful Insideadog readers! I’m so chuffed to be your writer in residence for August. Who am I? I am Trinity Doyle and I wrote that emo-ocean book with the oh-so-pretty cover Pieces of Sky. But before that I was someone who followed many other writer residencies here and thought one day that’ll be me.

Hello. Dream achieved.  

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Jul 31,2015

Today is my last post for Inside A Dog – sigh. I was thinking I’d finish up with some practical life advice for all you readers and writers out there.

But how boring would that be? Scrap that. Instead I want to talk about hoaxes.

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Jul 29,2015
Wizard of Oz characters

In my last post I talked about the importance of giving your character the right name, giving them a distinctive manner or look, and assigning to them special skills and flaws. Here are some more things all great characters need:

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Jul 28,2015
Characters from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This is the first of two posts about writing great characters. I want to spend a bit of time on this because characters are the beating heart of any story. If they’re dull or two-dimensional the story dies.

Writing great characters can be hard because there’s a lot to get right. I like to keep a checklist on each of my characters – just a one-pager, so I can see everything at a glace.

Things all great characters need:

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Jul 24,2015
Using Humour in Your Writing

When I was first starting out as a writer I had this crazy idea. I thought that to be taken seriously I had to write in a serious way. Comedy was for lightweights, humour for fools!

But the more I’ve read and learned about how humour works in writing, the more I’ve realised two things. First, it’s often the funniest books that deal with the heaviest topics most successfully. It’s a reason why I used humour to tell Delilah’s story in The Flywheel. Second, some of our most heralded classics are hilarious reads.

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Jul 21,2015
Ten Easy Steps

Okay, I admit it. I took some liberties with the title of this post. I’ve actually only covered four steps, and they don’t mention masterpieces, and they’re not about writing either – well, not exactly. There’s a lot of good advice out there about the writing part of being a writer, so I thought I’d focus on the just-as-important bits around the edges. Not to devalue sitting-at-your-desk-in-front-of- a-computer-until-you’re-bleeding-from-the-temples part, of course. That’s a given.

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Jul 17,2015
HAT sandwich and delicious caramel milkshake

It’s Friday, and it’s been a long week, and a cold week, and besides, I’m always ravenous on a Friday. To get me over the line I need some serious brain food.

Today I’m making myself a treaty lunch straight from the Flywheel menu. Care to join me? Instructions are below. Just don’t tell Del and Charlie that I’m spilling café secrets, okay?

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Jul 13,2015
Hooray for Gay graphic

My post today is all about the gay. While thankfully we are seeing more and more gay characters in YA fiction these days, it can still be hard to find YA fiction where a gay character plays the lead. But never fear! There are some great books around, and today I’m going to give you the lowdown on my favourite titles with gay protagonists.

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Jul 10,2015
We Need Diverse Books logo

There’s been a lot of talk about diversity in young adult fiction recently. You might have even heard about the grassroots campaign that started in the United States, ‘We Need Diverse Books’

So what does diversity actually mean?

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Jul 06,2015
Cover of The Flywheel by Erin Gough

A little known fact about The Flywheel’s main character, Delilah, is that her mother named her after a Tom Jones song. Never heard of Tom Jones? He’s this guy:

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