BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

DO YOU KNOW who is winning in the Ebook Vs Print Book War?

Nielsen – the organisation that tracks book sales – is reporting that in America fiction ebooks will overtake print by 2014. However, ‘real’ books may continue to make more money … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — check if your photographs have been used without your permission

I can’t remember how I came across this website but it’s full of treasures and cake. Kevin & Amanda is a blog run by married couple Kevin and Amanda for … Continue reading

August 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Did Hemingway really write Baby Shoes? The legend of the six word story

Last week in a post about flash fiction resources I mentioned Ernest Hemingway’s famous six word story “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”  I added that he is supposed to … Continue reading

August 14, 2013 · 9 Comments

Dead Dogs’ Memorial

Absolute Radio asked listeners to talk about the dogs they loved who have died. The result is the Dead Dogs’ Memorial song and video. The London based radio station can … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Free to enter Harper’s Bazaar UK Short Story Competition

The prize for this competition is pretty special as befits a magazine of Harper’s Bazaar glossy snazziness. The winning entry will appear in the May 2014 issue and the author … Continue reading

August 13, 2013 · 4 Comments

George Orwell returns…down and out

I’ve highlighted Orwell’s six rules for writing ‘when instinct fails’ today over on the creative writing post so I thought I would mention a new novel about his life – … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. Rules for Writing

This week not so much an exercise more of a debate. Lots of writers have developed their own set of rules for writing and in February 2010 The Guardian asked … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · 5 Comments

Know London? Bring it to Life in a Tiny Play

Two professional theatre practitioners are planing an evening of Tiny Plays about London next spring. No more than four minutes long (roughly three to four sides of A4) , they … Continue reading

August 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Great Giveaway

Sally Quilford writes short stories for women’s magazines, judges writing competitions and writes a monthly column with Writers Forum magazine. Stephen Fry once described  her as ‘pleasantly sane’… I’m telling … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Novelist Sally Koslow on tricking yourself into being a better writer and editor

Start keeping a list of words you tend to repeat: just, always, really, so, whatever. Print your work out more than once, changing fonts, to trick yourself into reading it … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

FLASH FICTION Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers

Flash Fiction goes by many names: micro fiction, sudden fiction, short short stories, skinny stories (with no fat), postcard fiction and in China it translates to a palm sized smoke … Continue reading

August 9, 2013 · 5 Comments

First official UK ebook chart

If you’ve ever wondered how ebook sales compare with ‘real’ books The Bookseller – a London based magazine for the book trade that’s been going since Dickens was in his … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

Come Write With Me — an invitation from Victoria Bantock

I’m handing over my blog today to Victoria so she can tell you about her new venture – The Creative Life Project.  We first met in a classroom (where I … Continue reading

August 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

Does knowing what happens in the end spoil a story?

I’ve been looking back at old posts and I thought I’d share one I wrote two years ago (on a previous blog) after reading an interesting article in The Guardian. … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 6 Comments