BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers WRITING CALENDAR

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 get … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

Q is for QUEM QUAERITIS (oh, yes…!)

QUEM QUAERITIS is a question: Whom do you seek? It was asked by the angel guarding the tomb where Christ’s body had been buried, when the three Marys came visiting … Continue reading

April 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

P is for PERSON-IFICATION

Personification gives objects or abstract concepts a human voice or quality. We all use it in everyday speech: time races by, shoes kill us, the wind moans. Advertisers use it, … Continue reading

April 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

O is for Ode (part II)

I tried to find a video of Lucille Clifton reading her poem ODE TO MY HIPS when I posted my ‘O’ contribution to the international A-Z Challenge earlier today and … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

O is for ODE

The classic Greek ode was a serious literary form that publicly celebrated the achievements of a noteworthy individual – an Olympic athlete for example. Much later the English Romantic poets … Continue reading

April 17, 2013 · 6 Comments

N is for NAMING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

FIVE RULES YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T BREAK 1)  If your character is based on a flesh and blood person make sure the name is radically different to their real life one. … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · 11 Comments

M is for MEMORY AND MEMOIR: HOW TO FORGET

MEMORY, according to the philosopher Suzanne Langer, should not be thought of as a noun – a storehouse or recording machine – but as a verb,  an activity that makes … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · 6 Comments

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE BECAUSE IT’S A GOOD WAY TO START THE WEEK long and short sentences

I am away from my desk this week so I thought I would share again an exercise I posted last September which feels like a very long time ago. Varying … Continue reading

April 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) ISAAC ASIMOV

You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, … Continue reading

April 14, 2013 · Leave a comment

L is for LETTER WRITING

Using letter writing as a narrative structure has a long history. Here are some examples…. Dangerous Liaisons written by Pierre de Laclos just before the French Revolution. Most of it … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 10 Comments

International Poetry Competition

This is a major competition run by Lightship Literary organisation with a major first prize: £1,000 / US$1600 The winner and nine runners-up will also be published in Lightship Anthology … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

Written the first chapter of the novel you always wanted to write?

First prize in this novel writing competition is the stuff dreams are made of: feedback from an acclaimed literary author, a top literary agent and a commissioning editor as you write the rest … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

K is for KENNING

I wasn’t familiar with this word before (except in its Scots form to ken, to know). It has its origins in the Old Norse phrase kenna eitt við, which means … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers THIN READS

This is a very new website – just five days old – and based in America so not relevant to everyone, but I wanted to include it in SAFARI FRIDAY … Continue reading

April 12, 2013 · Leave a comment