BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Nothing really ends, said Kurt Vonnegut – bad news for short story writers. QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Nothing ever really ends. That’s the horrible part of being in the short-story business—you have to be a real expert on ends. Nothing in real life ends. ‘Millicent at last … Continue reading

July 30, 2017 · Leave a comment

A Portrait made of layers – ART FOR WRITERS

Another striking portrait this week. This is by Syrian artist Aula Al Ayoub who usually paints women.  She starts three or four projetcs at a time and keeps alternating between … Continue reading

July 28, 2017 · 2 Comments

International Writing Competition and you don’t have to be even a little bit Scottish…

The Highlands and Islands Short Story Association are running their annual competition again this year. Enties are welcome from all over the world and you or your entry don’t need … Continue reading

July 25, 2017 · 4 Comments

I want to write about the air we breathe – Arundhati Roy QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Of course, as a novelist, I never want to write about “issues” like “the Indian family.” What I want to write about is the air we breathe. These days, I … Continue reading

July 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

A revealing portrait – an example of showing, not telling ART FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I have to say much about this week’s inspiring picture. It’s an arresting face staring back at the viewer, devoid of hope. The title tells us everything … Continue reading

July 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where music comes from – Franz Kafka QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Everything that lives is in flux. Everything that lives emits sound. But we only perceive a part of it. We do not hear the circulation of the blood, the growth … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · 11 Comments

A Hospital Ward, a subject for art and poetry ART FOR WRITERS

It’s an impossibly long ward and a cold one. The patients have outdoor coats on and most are staying close to the stove. But the nuns seem to be taking … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

How to use research in fiction – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you do need to do research because parts of your story deal with things about which you know little or nothing, remember that word back. That’s where research belongs: … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Lowering the temperature & igniting the imagination….ART FOR WRITERS

It’s approaching 30 degrees where I am right now (Brighton on the English south coast)  so I was in the mood for this picture by Pascal Campion. It’s called Deep … Continue reading

July 7, 2017 · 9 Comments

What kind of creature is a short story writer? Author Joseph O’ Connor is certain of one thing…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

What kind of strange creature is a short story writer? I must confess that I don’t know. A high priest or priest of art? A wounded soul who can’t understand … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment