When I was growing up, the exam system didn't allow you to write fiction, so you never did.
Good ideas are often murdered by better ones.
I'm going to sound like an old man but at my age, it's lovely doing something that you've never done before.
I'm not recognised that much. I'm just a bald man in glasses and there's a rash of them in Dublin. It'd be different if I had a mohican.
It's a big con job. We have sold the myth of Dublin as a sexy place incredibly well; because it is a dreary little dump most of the time.
If you're from Dublin, for example, chances are you live with your family, if you're lucky enough to, right up to the mid-20s. And most of the people I know, when they finally sort of set off on their own, they don't stray all that far.
I tend to plan as I write. And I want to leave myself open and the character open to keep on going until it seems to be the time to stop.
If you are a writer you're at home, which means you're out of touch. You have to make excuses to get out there and look at how the world is changing.
Schools don't really allow failure and yet it's a valid part of any endeavour, not just writing.
No matter how close to personal experience a story might be, inevitably you are going to get to a part that isn't yours and, actually, whether it happened or not becomes irrelevant. It is all about choosing the right words.
Some of the people who look the most normal are probably the maddest people trying to look normal.
When you grow up on an island, what matters is how you stand to the sea.
The problem with being Irish... is having 'Riverdance' on your back. It's a burden at times.
I see people in terms of dialogue and I believe that people are their talk.
Sometimes adults seem as though they have cut a chord from being a child.
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