BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Did you you know that the National Library of Norway has promised to hold onto its books…

…even though they are going to digitize all their titles over the next six years. This means it will be possible for everything in their possession and out of copyright … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reading like a Writer – what makes editors unhappy?

Actually this week it is reading like an editor because I am looking at Dawn Laker’s critique of Empress Orchid, a historical novel by Anchee Min. Dawn is half of … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

International Writing Competition about Australia

The Stringybark Short Story Award 2013 is now open.  They accept every genre — the only catch is that your story must have some link to Australia. Length: maximum 1500 … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The one paragraph every writer should cut… Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The editors I had at The New Yorker quietly helped me in peculiar, small ways. One thing they taught me was the value of cutting out the last paragraph of … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Do Writers need Creative Writing Exercises?

You won’t be surprised that I am going to say yes to that question as I’ve just produced a book of 30 exercises, BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL, but what … Continue reading

December 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

An exercise from BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

THE BLUE MAN OPENED HIS EYES AND SAID….  I took the photograph in Mill Cove House in Castletownbere, West Cork in 2010. The art gallery and cafe are surrounded by … Continue reading

December 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

Who needs quotation marks?

Well, the writer of this sign didn’t need them and Cormac McCarthy, author of the The Road and No Country for Old Men, never uses them. He believes in the … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 13 Comments

CYBER MONDAY! start shopping with a FREE copy of BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

Phew! The 24 hour sale started a bit late but it is now up on Amazon so please do take advantage of it. I would be very grateful if you … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · 4 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Bernard MacLaverty defines the short story

A short story is like a good dram, as opposed to a pint – Bernard MacLaverty Listen to the Belfast novelist and short story writer define the short story on … Continue reading

December 1, 2013 · Leave a comment