Write every day

I keep on reading the words ‘you must write everyday’ when coming across interviews or profiles of fiction writers and gurus. And I always feel annoyed afterwards, a bit at them for reminding me what I’m not doing and more at myself for not making the time.

This morning was to be the start of getting back to writing. That was the plan anyway. My wife was bringing the kids to school and I would drive into work early and write. This has been my main way of writing over the past year. I’ve tried to do that two or three times a week. That was until the summer and the school break.

But my daughter obviously didn’t read the plan before bedtime and roared her way through the entire night, tearing up my plan as she did.

I know I’m not writing every day, but I’m constrained by a full time job (so far anyway) and kids. I know, I can hear the tutors, the authors and the gurus tut-tutting at “excuses”. And they’re right. Tomorrow, I’ll start back. That’s the plan.


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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2 Responses to Write every day

  1. Conor Cullen says:

    Technically, this qualifies as non-work related writing 🙂 Best of luck with getting down to the novel though Cormac, life has a habit of getting in the way. Conor.

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