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My Writing Journey

Last Sunday, when I finished the outline for my new novel, I decided to write a page a day. I wrote on all days except one. On the day I didn’t write I researched historical details and edited what I’d already written. It’s a way to stay connected with your WIP during the times you may not be able to write. I’ve now written about three thousand words which is more than a page a day. It was hard work as I started with chapter one (finished) and wrote from a child’s pov (I’ve never written from a child’s pov before). I’ve put this first draft chapter aside and won’t re-visit to edit until I’ve finished the first draft of the novel. Although in saying that sometimes you need to change a small detail in a later chapter that impacts on an earlier chapter so it’s essential you go back and change those details immediately. I’m finding with an outline I can let go of trying to work out character, plot, settings etc I can concentrate on the writing. I haven’t researched every detail (research is a long piece of string) because I might not need to use it and that means precious writing time wasted. If I need to know what a certain street looks like I can research it when I need the information. The reason: I might find I don’t need my characters to live/work in that particular street. I might decide to move them to the other side of the country! I hope your writing is on track. Write everyday (even a few lines or connect to your WIP in some way), never give up, talk to like-minded writer friends, make writing one of the priorities in your life. Have a good writing week, thanks for your support and interest, cheers Elise

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Bloomsday

Bloomsday

Bloomsday is a commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer, James Joyce, during which the events of his novel Ulysses (which is set on 16 June 1904) are relived. It is observed annually on 16 June in Dublin elsewhere. Joyce chose the date as it was the date of his first outing with his wife-to-be, Nora Barnacle: they walked to the Dublin suburb of Ringsend. The name derives from Leopold Bloom, protagonist of Ulysses.

The English portmanteau word Bloomsday is usually used in  Irish as well, though some purist publications call it Lá Bloom.

Bloomsday (a term Joyce himself did not employ) was invented in 1954, on the 50th anniversary of the events in the novel, when John Ryan (artist, critic, publican and founder of Envoy Magazine) and the novelist Flann O’Brien organised what was to be a daylong pilgrimage along the Ulysses route. They were joined by Patrick Kavanagh, Anthony Cronin, Tom Joyce (a dentist who, as Joyce’s cousin, represented the family interest) and AJ Leventhal (Registrar of Trinity College, Dublin). Ryan had engaged two horse drawn cabs, of the old-fashioned kind, which in Ulysses Mr. Bloom and his friends drive to poor Paddy Dignam’s funeral. The party were assigned roles from the novel. They planned to travel round the city through the day, visiting in turn the scenes of the novel, ending at night in what had once been the brothel quarter of the city, the area which Joyce had called Nighttown. The pilgrimage was abandoned halfway through, when the weary Lestrygonians to inebriation and rancour at the Bailey pub in the city centre, which Ryan then owned, and at which, in 1967, he installed the door to No. 7 Eccles Street (Leopold Bloom’s front door), having rescued it from demolition. A Bloomsday record of 1954, informally filmed by John Ryan, follows this pilgrimage.

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