I first came upon George William Russell on a sunny June day last year. I was reading The Artist’s Way, which recommends that participants take themselves out on an “artist date” each week, something that will help them to further their own work. Something beautiful, something alone.
On that day, I was struggling, finding it hard to drag my creative energies and desires into the material world. I had recently left an all-consuming and high-responsibility job within the tech industry in order to spend a few months on pursuing “my dreams”. Such as they were, these dreams involved putting pen to page with laser focus and finishing the novel I’d started the year before.
I thought I knew what I was doing, but I didn’t really. I just launched in on day one and Continue reading
To hear a Londoner tell it, there’s no greater challenge facing an author than trying to capture the spirit of their great city. You’ll never match Dickens they’ll tell you.
Parisians will make a similar claim for their metropolis. Ooh, Zola. Ooh, Hugo.
You want a real challenge, consider the poor sod from Dublin who has to toil under the shadow of the mighty Joyce. Or Doyle.
But stop shivering, don’t despair. You, too, can write the great Dublin novel if you just follow these tips.
Dublin does a fine job of honouring her literary children, even the wayward ones who would have spat in her eye when they were alive. If you keep your eyes open, you’ll spot memorials all over the city.
I’m going to tell you about some of my favourites. It’s by no means an exhaustive list. I’ve no doubt Continue reading