BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Good prose is more muscle than fat, says Ursula Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Adjectives and adverbs are good and rich and fattening. The main thing is not to overindulge … I would recommend to all storytellers a watchful attitude and a thoughtful, careful … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Yeats on what the world has to offer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.W.B. Yeats Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

August 25, 2019 · 3 Comments

Writing Workshop with a Bestselling Novelist – it’s a Brighton experience like no other

Running workshops with a bestselling novelist in her Brighton home was an experiment. I’ve known Sarah Rayner for years as an inspirational novelist who writes about serious subjects – bereavement, … Continue reading

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Writers should be wracked with guilt and self-hatred – Harlan Coben QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There are days you just can’t write. Fill them with self-loathing. What, snowflake, you wanted me to tell you it’s okay to feel this way? It’s not. On the days … Continue reading

August 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Toni Morrison in her own words QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You are your own stories and therefore free to imagine and experience what it means to be human without wealth. What it feels like to be human without domination over … Continue reading

August 11, 2019 · 6 Comments

Why Writers Should Work Out….QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I find that the hardest work of my writing is done in my subconscious brain, somewhere in the back of my skull far out of the reach of my control. … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Reason for Bad Writing – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to … Continue reading

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Advice to young writers from playwright and screenwriter Lilian Hellman QUOTES FOR WRITERS

They’re fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. Lillian Hellman

June 23, 2019 · 3 Comments

Bowled Over by The Bald Prima Donna in London

It’s good to slip out of the ordinary workaday world, even if you are happy with it, perhaps especially if you’re happy with it, and dive into a new experience. … Continue reading

June 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Saturday Afternoon Writing Workshop with lunch (and early bookers get a free copy of my writing guide)

This is a first. I’ve taught in all kinds of places: art galleries and university lecture theatres, under a Mediterranean sun and in cold church halls, but never before in … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

In early June….John Steinbeck QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent Photo by Ann Savchenko on Unsplash

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Got an old copy of Harry Potter in your bookcase? Find out how much it is worth….

Only 500 copies of the first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were printed and 300 of those went to libraries. To check if you have an ultra … Continue reading

May 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to use Shakespeare in the office

A video guide to using the best Shakespearean insults in the office…because you never know when you might need one.

May 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Could you give a bad ending to a good character? Kate Atkinson’s views might be a bit unfashionable…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The legacy of the fairy story in my brain is that everything will work out. In fiction it would be very hard for me, as a writer, to give a … Continue reading

May 26, 2019 · 5 Comments