Tag: Novel

May Blog: Of Mice and Men and Mia

May was the month I was going to get oodles of writing done. That was the plan. Did it go exactly as I’d hoped? No, not quite but much progress has been made and breakthroughs occurred in unexpected ways. This lesson presents itself over and over in life; things don’t go as planned but that doesn’t mean they’ve gone wrong.…

April Blog: I Hate Writing

I hate writing. I love having written. Dorothy Parker hit the nail on the head with this one. Well, to be fair, it’s only true some of the time. Truth be told, I love the process of writing, when it’s going well, that is. The feeling of having written, however, is incomparable. Until it’s time to redraft and edit, and…

March Blog: Theatrical Treats 

With World Theatre Day earlier this week (March 27th) it really brought home to me what an stunning collection of theatres we have in Dublin, and around the country. I was scanning my mind for the various theatres I that regularly attend in Dublin and it made me realised what a diverse selection we have. Even considering that, arguably, we’re…

February Blog: Loving A Murderer

It’s been a busy month for me, mostly with reviews rather than writing if I’m honest, but that’s not a bad thing. I’m still progressing with my novel Attrition, albeit slowly at the moment, and though I’m obviously biased I really love the story and the characters. Well, as much as it’s possible to love a story about the murder…

December Blog: Are We There Yet?

I think it’s time to admit that I won’t have a first draft of my second novel, Attrition, completed by the end of the year. That’s okay to be honest. It’s not exactly gone to plan but I’ve still got so much more done than I had a few months ago and I will have the first draft done by…

November Blog: NaNoWriMo and Novel Number Two

Well, it’s truly been a marathon of a month and I’m glad I did my training in the run up to it. I, somehow, passed the 50k word mark for NaNoWriMo today with a full day to spare. As of Sunday I was nigh on ready to throw in the towel as I wasn’t sure I’m make it but I…

October Blog: Attrition

The collective anticipation of NaNoWriMo is almost palpable.  Only one more day and then the manic month of writing begins. I have no reservations about participating in NaNo this year. Yes, it’s a tough slog and certainly not without its stresses but it’s also an opportunity to get a good chuck of a first draft done.  Of course, writers don’t…

September Blog: Culture Fatigue and Other First World Problems

September has been a bumper month, chock-full of (mostly) good things. In fact, it’s been such a busy month that I only realised about an hour ago that I haven’t written a blog entry and tomorrow is the first of October. I don’t know if I was lucky this year or if Dublin Fringe Festival was especially good but every…

Creative Writing Course: Starts 13th Sept.

  This Creative Writing Course is for those who are ready to begin their journey of creative writing in fiction and need a little guidance. If you don’t know where to begin or don’t know what to do next then this is the course for you. The course will focus on starting points, characters, structure, plot, theme, and point of view…

August Blog: Ripe Fruit

August has me in a reflective mood, probably with the upcoming harvest season. Even though I live in the city, it is still a primordial feeling that is inescapable. The small crab apples are already beginning to fruit in Four Masters Park and the end-of-summer flowers hold onto their final moments of glory. To be fair, I love autumn and…