Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Dublin Writers' Group

By popular demand, The Irish Playwrights' and Screenwriters' Guild are re-starting the Dublin Writing Group. This is for people who have written or are writing for performance. The introduction meeting took place on Monday (27 April 09) and due to to the large number of writers joining, there will be two groups. One group, who will meet every second Thursday, will be dedicated to writers who are working only on screenplays (film). The other group, meeting every second Monday, will be for writers in all disciplines of performance-writing - film, television, radio and stage.

If you wish to join one of these groups, contact the Guild. As the first meeting has taken place and there are approximately 8 people already in each group, there may be limited places left.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Getting an agent

One of the points that came out of the Wendy Goldman Rohm's recent writing retreat was how important it is to have a literary agent if you are trying to get your novel published. I have put some information on my website about approaching literary agents. Hope this proves useful.

Thanks Wendy...

A big Thank You to Wendy Goldman Rohm for her excellent Writers' Retreat at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin yesterday (Sat. 25 April 09). I personally got a lot from the day from the advice from Wendy and from meeting other writers on the course. I hope to keep in contact with as many of my fellow 'retreaters' as possible.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Does this guy ever sleep?

It was pointed out to me (thanks M) that I seemed to blogging at 3 and 4 o'clock in the morning. No, I don't have a sleep disorder, the time was set to crazy-US-Eastern-Time. Have fixed it now (you'll be delighted to know). And now back to our regular programming...

Trying to be 'deep'...

I've posted a poem on the Samples section of the website, would appreciate some feedback. I've put up a few Haiku as well.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

New Writing Group

The Playwrights and Screenwriters' Guild is re-forming the Dublin Writers Group. It will run a series of meetings for writers interested in giving and receiving constructive feedback on their television, theatre, radio, or film script. The meetings will take place in Temple Bar either weekly or bi-monthly (this will be confirmed later).

To attend, you simply need to be a member of the guild (definitely worthwhile if you are considering writing for the stage or screen), have a project in the making and be happy to listen to feedback from others.

Talk to Cliona Ruiseil (asap - apparently it is filling up fast) about joining the guild and the writing group.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Describing the steam...

Kate Mosse (author of Labyrinth) was on BCC News this morning and she made the what-might-be-obvious point 'To be a writer, you need to write'. Basically what she meant you need to be looking for any excuse to write something. The example she gave was when waiting for the kettle to boil, instead of waiting, or doing cardio-vascular exercise, grab your notebook (any self-respecting writer alway has one to hand) and just write something - possibly, as Kate suggested, look at the kettle and describe the steam.

This 'observational writing' is a very good exercise, as catering to the senses is a crucial part of writing a novel, short story or poem.

Friday, April 17, 2009

the procrastination continues...

I've done a bit more work on the website, it's looking a bit neater now I think. Would appreciate a feedback on layout, ease of navigation and, of course, aesthetic value. Of course, like building a house, I'm sure it'll never actually be what you'd call 'finished'...

Right I'm off to catch a train (oh the joys of not having a car)...

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Repetition...a writer's cardinal sin!

and it begins....

Welcome to my Blog, part of my website (, on which I will share my joys, adventures and despairs (not too many of them I hope) that go with writing a novel...while trying to get another one published.
I will probably take the occasional break from all the 'novelling' (I know, not an actual word) with the odd short story or poem, which i will publish on the website and would appreciate your thoughts. Be kind!

I hope it will be of help to fellow writers (no, you're not alone...definitely not) and entertaining for the rest of you...hopefully, you'll be laughing with me...


(This is only repetition if you're reading this after coming from the website)

Right, back to procrastination...I mean, writing...