BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Help! I’m looking for a writing group somewhere in France that wrote to me…

I have a ton of reasons why I didn’t respond immediately. The organiser of the English-speaking, English-writing group dropped me a line sometime around December 5th – 8th. I can … Continue reading

March 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Love the reader, says Ellen Gilchrist QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

How often I have tried to tell writing students that the first thing a writer must do is love the reader and wish the reader well. The writer must trust … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Sexual harassment depicted by a 17th century woman artist — inspiring paintings for writers

I found this painting because I follow @womtureensart1 on twitter. Every day I meet new artists and discover new paintings, sculpture, photographs. Go follow – it’s a breath of fresh … Continue reading

March 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

A fairy tale writing competition for unpublished authors who want to write for children

Have you always wanted to re-write a classic fairy tale? Perhaps you would you like Sleeping Beauty to be a little less passive or feel that Gretel should be given … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 19 Comments

A story is more like a house than a journey…Alice Munro QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · 15 Comments

Inspiring Art for Writers -creating from the inside out

‘Clearly, it is not possible to paint the spirit. You cannot paint consciousness. You start with the knowledge we all have that the most significant human reality lies beneath material … Continue reading

March 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

What every writer has to learn…Robin McKinley QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer… is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Inspiring Art for Writers – the painting that was the source for Waiting for Godot

This is a painting by Caspar David Friendrich, a 19th century German artist most famous for his land and seascapes which seem to tell stories while creating an emotional response … Continue reading

March 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

The good stuff comes later, said SF writer Octavia E. Butler QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one … Continue reading

February 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – Paris 1950 in film

Breathe in. You can almost smell it…. This is not your world and probably not your language; I’m willing to bet good money that it is also not your time, … Continue reading

February 24, 2017 · 2 Comments

‘And by the way…’ Sylvia Plath on the worst enemy to creativity

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is … Continue reading

February 19, 2017 · 8 Comments

Inspiring pictures for Writers – portrait of mother and child

Warning: this is a heartbreak of a painting. It turns on its head the usual image of a mother and child; here it’s the child offering comfort and protection. It … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 2 Comments

Why great novels are dangerous – Julian Barnes QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think a great book—leaving aside other qualities such as narrative power, characterization, style, and so on—is a book that describes the world in a way that has not been … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers – diving into fable and fantasy

Not into fantasy? Don’t write it; don’t read it? I understand and could say the same except…except it’s good to get out of the comfortable niche we create for ourselves. … Continue reading

February 10, 2017 · 3 Comments