Back writing (a bit)

Managed to do some writing recently, a bit this morning and a bit towards the end of last week. Very hard to get back into it though. You do loose the whole flow of writing when you stop at all – and I did for a month over August!

I’m struggling to get into my characters, see where I’ve left off and figure out where to go from here. One problem all along is I haven’t written my chapters sequentially, rather I tended to write about one character for a while, then turn to a second character and then a third… Not wise I know, but that’s the way it came to me.

I had reached a stage in the book –  a major shooting scene – and wanted to start writing chapters in sequence thereafter, but was slipping back into my old ways. I’ve reorganised my files (which really takes up so much work) and have started a post-shooting file and am now trying to write the chapters in sequence.

I reckon I’m about roughly two-thirds of the way through, although I have to rewrite my second and third chapter (cos, in one case, I changed one of my main characters) and then put all my chapters in sequence. What I really need is to get three days clear and make some proper progress again!

But, at least I’m back writing.


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I am writing my first novel. It's a crime novel, a thriller set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey. And other things, like fiction reviews and non-fiction reviews, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as crime and drugs reporter there, and have been since around 2001. 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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