BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes) Carolyn Heilbrun

…we live our lives through texts. These may be read, or chanted, or experienced electronically, or come to us, like the murmurings of our mothers, telling us what conventions demand. … Continue reading

March 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Can you judge someone by the books on their shelves?

If I’m in someone’s house for the first time I can’t help but look at their book collection. My husband used to do it with records. It’s not so easy … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · 9 Comments

Amazon News

Amazon has bought Goodreads, the social media book review site with 16 million users worldwide. The San Francisco-based company should provide Amazon with another way to get readers to buy … Continue reading

March 30, 2013 · 3 Comments

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers WORLD WIDE WORDS

Safari = Swahili for long journey. I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a reader … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

INTERNATIONAL ghost story competition

The Fiction Desk is running a short story competition for all English-speaking writers aged 16 or over. There’s a first prize of £500, and a second prize of £100; both … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Ever been rejected by an agent? This will make you feel better. Ever had a bad review? This will make you feel very good indeed

Cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith is in the news a lot right now because of his controversial welfare reforms.  Among his severest critics are two archbishops and 43 bishops, all … Continue reading

March 26, 2013 · 2 Comments

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week HUMOUR

Ambrose Bierce was an American writer and journalist who disappeared in 1913 when reporting on the Mexican Rebellion. Famous for his sardonic wit, probably his most famous work is THE … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) STEPHEN KING

Description is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story. Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 9 Comments

AND THE WINNER IS…this year’s oddest book titles

The shortlist for the 2013 Diagram Prize: Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop by Reginald Bakeley (Conari, £9.99) God’s Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis by Tom Hickman (Square Peg, … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · 2 Comments

Get your event listed for free

A quick reminder that if you are organising an event WHAT THE DICKENS magazine now has a new listings section. And it’s free. Get in touch here if you want … Continue reading

March 23, 2013 · Leave a comment

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers

Safari = Swahili for long journey. I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a writer … Continue reading

March 22, 2013 · 3 Comments

Low waged authors: win a writing course with a major literary agency

The ereader Kobo and lit agents Curtis Brown are offering three scholarships to  aspiring writers this year. It covers tuition fees for each of the following London courses: the three-month … Continue reading

March 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

The 31 best places to be if you love books

Go here to visit a photographic collection of 30 stunning book places from around the world (although books seem to be pretty thin on the ground at the library in … Continue reading

March 20, 2013 · 4 Comments

Coming soon to a school near you: CREATIVE WRITING A LEVEL

At last creative writing is recognised as a serious subject, not as a bit of time wasting frippery… The ability to use language as an effective tool is an important … Continue reading

March 19, 2013 · 5 Comments