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Competition time…

Competition time…

Competition time… Hiding in Plain Sight  Eoghan Egan CHAPTER 1 Monday, 7 January 2019 Afternoon Just before afternoon coffee break, the art dealer decided to kill Roberta Lord. He compressed a tennis ball, gazed out of the corner office window, and watched...
10 takes … on Taglines.

10 takes … on Taglines.

10 takes … on Taglines. Question: What’s the difference between taglines, tags, end lines, straplines, baselines, shout lines, loglines, attention grabbers, pay-offs and signatures? Tag lines, tags and attention grabbers are U.S. terms for taglines. In the UK,...
12 writing tips

12 writing tips

EoghanEgan Use a pencil when editing a printed manuscript; pen ink blots out essential notes. If I go off-tangent, lose the plot, or back myself into a corner, I retrace my steps to the place I went wrong. Then I veer down another path and switch the character, change...
10 questions I ask and answer while writing.

10 questions I ask and answer while writing.

EoghanEgan Does the hero/heroine lead the action? Is he/she proactive at every stage and fired up by a desire or goal? Is the hero’s journey starting as far back as it needs, to see an arc of emotional growth by the end of the novel? Are characters talking the plot?...
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...