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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

You can follow Derek online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

Words and Music by…

Posted by Derek Flynn on 12 October 2011.

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...

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Method Writing

Posted by Derek Flynn on 5 October 2011.

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...

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The Ghost of Ms. Worby & Other Tales

Posted by Derek Flynn on 28 September 2011.

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,...

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Nice Boys (Dont Play Rock n Roll)

Posted by Derek Flynn on 21 September 2011.

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...

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What Would Henry Miller Do?

Posted by Derek Flynn on 14 September 2011.

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...

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How Did I Get Here?

Posted by Derek Flynn on 7 September 2011.

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...

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