BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Free to enter UK life writing competition

Open to emerging writers living in the UK aged 18 or over, the competition was established by Spread the Word in association with Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre to celebrate and develop … Continue reading

November 19, 2018 · 2 Comments

Lean on the delete key, says Barbara Kingsolver QUOTE FOR WRITERS

Revision is my favorite work, the part of the process when art really happens. Once you know where you’re going, you can back up and tilt every scene in just … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

“If I give myself just one constraint…suddenly I’m free” Sarah Viren on rejecting and accepting the restrictions of genre QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am an essayist, not a poet, but that means nothing when I’m working on one line, trying to find or make a word that fits the sound and meat … Continue reading

November 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why the first draft just won’t do by Leonard Cohen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

My first thoughts are dull, are prejudiced, are poisonous. I find last thought, best thought. Leonard Cohen

November 4, 2018 · 4 Comments

MY BOOKS by crime writer William Shaw who discovered one Christmas that owning a book was very special

William Shaw, described by The Sun as a “a master of modern crime” is the author  of The Birdwatcher, Salt Lane and Dungeness (2019); also of the Breen and Tozer … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’ve just discovered an excellent guide to writing dialogue and I can’t keep it to myself…

I come across many how-to write articles online and you probably do as well. Some are rule-bound and dogmatic and are usually written by bloggers who don’t have any publishing … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Poetry is necessary…Adrienne Rich QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have never believed that poetry is an escape from history, and I do not think it is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter, health, education, decent working conditions. … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS by a creative writing adviser including the one that saves her from 3am dark thoughts

The books that made Marcia Humphries, the National Creative Writing Adviser for U3A. The University of the Third Age is a UK-wide movement formed over 30 years ago which brings … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Why we need litrature – Ursula K. Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we’re visiting, life. Ursula K. Le Guin

October 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

One million self-published print books in 2017

It is the first time the number of self-published books have topped the one million mark. That’s a massive increase on 2016 – a jump of 28% – says Publishers … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · 6 Comments

Three things are important if you want to write, says Madeleine L’Engle QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 7 Comments

MY BOOKS by an author who met his hero and wrote a book about it, and believes that the DNB is never, ever wrong

Born in England in 1964, James Christie graduated from college with a degree in creative writing as well as College Colours “in recognition of outstanding service to the student body … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

“…remember how much we love the mere act of putting words on the page…” Lee Martin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In every workshop I teach, I pass along a single piece of writing advice. It comes from Isak Dinesen who encouraged writers to, “Write a little every day, without hope, … Continue reading

October 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

MY BOOKS by an Australian teacher who believes The Hulk is one of the classic tragic characters of modern literature

Glen Donaldson is a Year 3 Australian school teacher who lists his three favourite words as (1) bugbear (2) Pollyanna and (3) shenanigator. Glen owns two Dobsonian telescopes – one … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · 1 Comment