BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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NEW creative writing magazine in print for the very first time

Order the first print edition of WHAT THE DICKENS magazine now. It has been available on line for six editions but  thanks to public support you can hold it in … Continue reading

December 15, 2012 · 4 Comments

Originally posted on The View Outside:
Today’s ‘Editing Advice’ comes from Joanne Phillips who’s blog is excellent for advice and tips on eBook publishing. Back in May Jo published her…

December 13, 2012 · 1 Comment

Did you know a cliche is…

a pre-moulded plate of common words/phrases used in hot metal printing. The English word  is stereotype. Source: cracked.com where you will also discover the origins of nine other common words … Continue reading

December 12, 2012 · Leave a comment

Did You Know Vanessa, Lorna and Wendy are…

made up names by 1) Jonathan Swift 2) R.D. Blackmore 3) J.M. Barrie

December 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

FOUR things you should put in a covering letter to an agent or publisher and FOUR things you probably shouldn’t

It’s not hard to find advice for would-be/could-be novelists on how to write a synopsis of their manuscript, but there’s less attention paid to the first writing sample that the … Continue reading

December 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week – first person point of view

This exercise is about exploring first person point of view (I said, I thought…etc). You can work with any fairy tale you know well, but just in case your mind … Continue reading

December 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) RAYMOND CARVER

…all we have, finally, (is) the words, and they had better be the right ones, with the punctuation in the right places so that they best say what they are … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · Leave a comment

The worst opening sentence to a novel

Since 1982 the English Department at San Jose State University has sponsored the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest challenging entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst possible novel. The … Continue reading

December 8, 2012 · 4 Comments

London’s deadly fog

60 YEARS AGO today London  was smothered  in a deadly smog. It was bitterly cold and very calm: no wind blew away the toxic air. Instead it lay over the … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 5 Comments

DID YOU KNOW about these famous rejections?

Towards the end of a course I often remind students that there are people who  go to bed every night knowing that they once held the manuscript of Harry Potter … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 6 Comments

Editing Your NaNoWriMo Novel THREE BITE SIZE GUIDES TO EDITING AND REVISING THE FIRST DRAFTpart 3

PART THREE (You can see parts One and Two as guest posts at The View Outside) Editing might be a bloody trade. But knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 12 Comments

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) JOHN UPDIKE

A narrative is like a room on whose walls a number of false doors have been painted; while within the narrative, we have many apparent choices of exit, but when … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

Editing Your NaNoWriMo Novel THREE BITE SIZE GUIDES TO EDITING AND REVISING THE FIRST DRAFT part 2

Show don’t tell is the command burnt into the heart of every creative writing student, but sometimes… …it’s ok to tell. Find out when and why in the second of … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · 6 Comments

Editing your NaNoWriMo novel THREE BITE SIZE GUIDES TO EDITING AND REVISING THE FIRST DRAFT part 1

Despite my own less than fantastic word count in this year’s NaNoWriMo, Viki over at The View Outside has asked me to write about editing your NaNoWriMo novel. (Actually the … Continue reading

December 1, 2012 · 15 Comments