BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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2014 – A Year of Literary Rejection

Originally posted on erinnamettler:
Last New Year I posted a piece about my plans to submit writing to every possible publishing opportunity. I said I was going to organise my…

January 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Enough Already…Well-Loved Literary Clichés

 Joanne Harris, author of fourteen novels including Chocolat, has put together ten of  her favourites literary clichés. They include: The protagonist who describes herself whilst standing in front of the … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Music and narrative in Flash Fiction – TANIA HERSHMAN Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

(Flash fiction) is a form that balances on the flimsy boundary between short story and poem. For me, a flash story must feel like it is on the side of … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Glastonbury wants poets and spoken word performers…

I love doing live readings…would that count, do you think? And would my sons  at last recognise that I am, after all, seriously cool? * Glastonbury’s Poetry & Words area … Continue reading

January 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

My Six Favourite Literary Insults

It’s not all elegant sentences and good taste in the literary world…sometimes words can wound and sometimes they can bite back… Mark Twain on Jane Austen I haven’t any right to … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 16 Comments

A Writing Course that goes behind the scenes at the museum

Today I’ve invited Dominique De-Light to take over my blog. Dominique is founder and director of CREATIVE FUTURE, an inspirational organisation that works across the South East and nationally, supporting … Continue reading

January 19, 2015 · 11 Comments

Roddy Doyle on why writers need to be flexible – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Do change your mind. Good ideas are often murdered by better ones. I was working on a novel about a band called The Partitions. Then I decided to call them … Continue reading

January 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Ask For Evidence

Originally posted on Wellcome Trust Blog:
New year – new you? Tempted by promises of detox diets, super-foods and high-tech work out plans? Before you pay out for them, take…

January 16, 2015 · 2 Comments

It’s official – the creative industries earn £146,000 every single minute for the UK economy

New figures published yesterday – January 13th –  reveal that the Creative Industries are now worth £76.9 billlion per year to the UK economy – an all-time high. That figure … Continue reading

January 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW…nope can be a verb, an adjective and a noun…

…and lots of other things, especially when used online. I discovered the flexibility of this term when reading Sentence First, the blog of an Irish scientist and linguist who has … Continue reading

January 12, 2015 · 4 Comments

Why poetry is essential – Audre Lorde Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Poetry forms the quality of light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action … Continue reading

January 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Would you fail this writing exercise?

What do you think of these opening lines…do they entice you to read on and find out more? Councillor Brown was on time for the meeting to talk about installing … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing from the Dark Side: Jane Lythell talks about the flawed characters in her novels

Jane and I belong to the same group of authors – the Beach Hut Writers – and, although we’ve met before, we really got talking when we shared a table … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Write for BBC Radio

Once a year a window opens for new writers with no experience of radio to submit a short story  to Opening Lines – BBC Radio 4’s showcase for short stories. … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 10 Comments
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