Eithne Shortall: The write stuff – my top tips for aspiring authors

Even after producing five novels, there’s always more to learn – and teaching a course in creative writing can be beneficial for instructor as well as student

Writing a synopsis early on is difficult but helpful and will keep you on course when writing your novel

My fifth novel will be published in August and I am currently writing my sixth. Yet every time I start a new book, I feel like I’m doing it for the first time. On more than one occasion, I have googled, “How do you write a novel?” But this year, I taught my first creative writing course – and have learned more about my own process than ever before.

It’s been immensely satisfying to watch ...