BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Why you need to know the end of your story when you write the beginning – Edgar Allen Poe QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Nothing is more clear than that every plot, worth the name, must be elaborated to its dénouement before any thing be attempted with the pen. It is only with the … Continue reading

February 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

The stories old boots can tell…and a decent pair of Jimmy Choo’s ART FOR WRITERS

Van Gogh frequently painted boots and shoes, the more worn and muddy they were the better. Looking through my writing exercises, I realise I focus on shoes quite often and, … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

The pain and pleasure of writing a novel Dean Koontz QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Writing a novel is like making love, but it’s also like having a tooth pulled. Pleasure and pain. Sometimes it’s like making love while having a tooth pulled. Dean Koontz

February 11, 2018 · 3 Comments

“I convey the life that person has lived, solely through their look and expression…” ART FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I have to say much this week…Los Angeles-based surrealist Alexandra Dillon transforms things that have outlived their usefulness and turns them into people with personalities and emotions, … Continue reading

February 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

Short Story competition for Sussex writers

This is a very local writing competition open to anyone living in East or West Sussex now or in the past (which makes former Sussex, Brighton and Chichester university students … Continue reading

February 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’m a bit worried about the fantastic Flash Fiction competition Reader’s Digest are running – and I’m not sure if I should be

Reader’s Digest are holding their annual short story competition for the eighth year. There are lots of good things about it. It’s free to enter Short stories have to be … Continue reading

February 5, 2018 · 14 Comments

Why we turn to fiction…Arundhati Roy QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fiction is truth. You turn to fiction when you can’t express reality with footnotes and evidence and reportage. Arundhati Roy

February 4, 2018 · 2 Comments

Capturing the feel of being there… ART FOR WRITERS

New York Street with Moon seems an approriate picture for a week where the moon has been so much in the news. I didn’t see the blue moon, the blood … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 5 Comments

Happy Celtic Spring

February 1 celebrates the first signs of spring in the old Celtic calender of festivals. The word Imbolc means  in the belly referring to the pregnancy of ewes and the … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

A lot of things are easier and more fun than writing, says Stephen Sondheim QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I write with soft pencils because you get to spend more time sharpening the pencil, which is easier and more fun than writing. STEPHEN SONDHEIM

January 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Get lost in a watercolour and emerge with your own work of art ART FOR WRITERS

I was struck by this watercolour by the American artist Sarah Yeoman and her imagination-stiring title I Once Was Lost. The literary term for writing that reflects on a work … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 4 Comments

Get used to living with recurring, crippling doubt…Paul McVeigh QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

…get used to rejection. It happens to us all. I know writers who got rejected even after 4 or 5 novels already published. You will also have to get used … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 15 Comments

The almost accidental photograph that left an indelible impression …ART FOR WRITERS

Once seen this photograph is never forgotten. Taken in 1936, it stands alongside Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath in revealing the terrible human consequences of a failed economic policy. As the … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Let’s write a chain story – your turn

Haven’t done this in ages, but I’m hoping this will be a good start to the week. The rules are simple: the story starts with my opening below. You fill … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 12 Comments
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