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What I’ve discovered… about writing

What I’ve discovered… about writing

EoghanEgan I didn’t begin writing decent material until draft 3. The previous outlines and fifty per cent rubbish, but I thought each one was my finished novel. Persistence made me better. Gradually. There are no shortcuts. Creativity, in any form, is difficult and...
12 reflections on this writing life.

12 reflections on this writing life.

EoghanEgan 1. Patience, passion and persistence are essential if you intend to become a published writer. Perseverance is as important as talent. These ingredients will take you from impossible to inevitable. 2. The literary world’s a small place. The person starting...
10 tips on writing 1st drafts.

10 tips on writing 1st drafts.

EoghanEgan The 1st draft is a commitment, a promise to write/type that short story/novel/memoir you’ve been thinking about for years. It’s the first of many steps and by far the most important. Tell your family and friends what you’ve decided. Yes, in six months...
What I’m learning… about editing.

What I’m learning… about editing.

Uncategorized The more I edit, the more I rewrite I find my novel is growing as I edit. Cutting paragraphs that slow down the story forced me to drill deeper and develop the remaining characters. This reduction is helping me expand and improve the work, without...