Friday 9 December 2016

Is it just dumb luck?

When everyone is cheating, says Declan Lynch, getting the breaks is sometimes just down to the roll of the dice

Published 16/05/2016 | 02:30

Declan Lynch, author of 'Ponzi Man'. Photo: Kip Carroll.
Declan Lynch, author of 'Ponzi Man'. Photo: Kip Carroll.

There are times when I find it hard to be judgmental. Indeed, there are some who would be judgmental about my difficulty in this area, and I can understand that. I do not judge them.

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Though it is probably more accurate to say that I don't find it very interesting, being judgmental. You're informed of some terrible thing that some terrible person has done, and once you've delivered yourself of a suitably damning verdict - "What a terrible person he is, indeed" - you're kinda done.

I find there are times when you need a bit more . . . nuance. And if you're in the writing game, embarking on 300 pages of a novel, you probably need all the nuance you can get.

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