Kathleen MacMahon: It’s a mystery how writers ever find the time to put pen to paper

Is it any wonder the scraps of brilliant, unrealised ideas are piling up on my desk, with life knocking on the door every five minutes?

The difficulty lies in preserving the moment of clarity – that perfect sentence – for long enough to get it down on paper. Picture: Getty


No artist in Ireland ever went broke taking a break when the sun shines. I remember first hearing this philosophy from the late Patrick Scott, painter of gorgeous golden suns and a gorgeous sunny man himself. Pat was a wonderful cook, a genial host, a sweet, stuttering storyteller. He was also highly prolific, thanks to a climate where the rainy days far outnumber the sunny ones.

If you’re a writer, it goes against the ...