Tempting fate

Part of me knew I should never have said in previous posts that the “end was in sight” in my first draft. Although, I had added heavy caveats to that statement, I was tempting fate.

Recent events – particularly an upcoming television series on crime – have forced me to substantially change the climax of my book.

I can no longer write what I had planned as many readers will say ‘that’s an old idea’, ‘it’s been done already’ or ‘he copied that from the tv series’. This is the last thing I would want.

So I’ve been confused and a bit frustrated in recent days and have spent some time trying to think through any alternatives I could come up with. My writing has stalled as a result.

I’m sure other writers have had this happen to them. Maybe it’s a good thing, as I am addressing the problem now rather than ignoring it and putting it off to a later date.

I think I”m getting there in creating a replacement scenario and I am spending time working through it in my mind to make sure it works.

It will require extra chapters and even more rewrites – when I get to start that process!


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 Tempting fate

  1. Cormac. I am sure you will figure out something even better! Not an easy road this, but stay on it, it dips after the first hill, then rises towards the mountains!

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