A blog by Derek Flynn
Derek Flynn runs Writing.ie's SongBook blog, and is an Irish writer and musician. He has a Masters in Creative Writing from Trinity College, Dublin. He’s been published in a number of publications, including The Irish Times, and his fiction was featured in 'Surge', an anthology of new Irish writing published by O’ Brien Press with the aim of showcasing “the very best of the next generation of Irish authors”. Online he can be found at his writing/music blog – ‘Rant, with Occasional Music’ – and on Twitter as @derekf03
Words and Music by…
What do literature and music have in common? More than you might think. There was time when being a writer and being a musician were two completely separate things. Writers were solitary, reclusive individuals who shuffled around in their pyjamas mumbling to themselves, while musicians were rock gods who strutted the stage, ingested massive quantities of illegal substances, and … well, shall we say, got better acquainted with their female fans. No more. Now writers...Read the full article >>
We all know what ‘Method Acting’ is, but what’s ‘Method Writing’? We’ve all heard of “method acting”. This is where an actor completely immerses themselves in a character to the point where they “become” the character. Daniel Day Lewis is a prime example of this approach. He’s learnt to be a butcher and a boxer for his film roles, and is known for staying in character throughout the flm shoot. This brings me to what...Read the full article >>
The Ghost of Ms. Worby & Other Tales
A week in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig is like a decade in paradise. The first thing I notice when I walk in the door of the Tyrone Guthrie Centre is the chilled-out atmosphere. On arrival, I’m greeted by Mary who runs the office. She gives me a big smile and shows me where I’ll be staying. When I walk into the dining-room, there are various artists sitting around, some drinking coffee and chatting,...Read the full article >>
Nice Boys (Dont Play Rock n Roll)
I was a young teenager and revolution was in the air. Or, at least, in my bedroom. I had a borrowed Japanese knock-off electric guitar, which I had to play unplugged. This didn’t matter. I knew three chords – which meant I could play along to at least two songs from the latest U2 album on my sister’s record player. As Bono himself so eloquently put it: ‘All I need is a red guitar, three...Read the full article >>
What Would Henry Miller Do?
This post is an excerpt from a Novel-in-Progress about a struggling writer/musician trying to make it in New York. Any similarities are entirely coincidental. I’m in hell. There was another ring of hell that Dante forgot, and I’m in it. Broke and hot in Brooklyn, New York City. Park Slope to be exact, in the middle of the hottest July on record; so hot the kids don’t even have the energy to bust open the...Read the full article >>
How Did I Get Here?
Our new Guest Blogger Derek Flynn gives us some background on himself and his journey as a writer and musician Hello. So, how did I get here? Not here as in sitting in front of my laptop in my house, but here as in “virtually here”, on Writing.ie, writing about music and books. Okay, the potted history lesson. I started out as a young kid wanting to write stories. I read comics and books, loved...Read the full article >>