Stop Start

That about describes by writing of late: stop, start. Really it’s a lot more of the stop and less of the start.

I did start this morning after what must be a fortnight of stop. That’s the way it is, but it is very frustrating. Even trying to get back into the world of my novel takes time, re-reading what I have been doing and getting into the grove.

I wonder if other aspiring writers who have full time jobs and families find that too? I’m sure it’s common. I just wish I could get lengthy stretches at it.

I wanted to finish the first draft by the end of the month. I am determined to do that, but the days are running out and I must have six or so chapters still left. Either way, it’s great to put the words down again and inch forward.


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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4 Responses to Stop Start

  1. Cormac, grab every 30 minutes you can. I know someone who used to write on the bus! You have a real talent. I wish you well for Christmas and hope to see you again in 2013.

  2. Susan Condon says:

    I can relate, Cormac, I’ve my first draft finished but have not yet managed to finish the first edit. I’m getting there, but slowly – life – much as I love it – keeps interrupting . . .

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