BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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ART FOR WRITERS picture number 1 from the archives

This was one of the first pictures I published in the weekly Art for Writers series and I still love it. I discovered it on Pixababy, a wonderful website that … Continue reading

August 16, 2017 · 2 Comments

WRITING QUOTE number 7 from the archive

Most stories we tell in real life are under 500 words. You’re at a party, everyone has a glass of wine, and suddenly you have the floor. You throw out … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Writing Quote Number 6 from the Archive

A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quote Number 5 from the Archive

I step away from the computer and swim. I really wish someone had told me earlier that there’s a relationship between writing and exercise. Writing involves you being completely, revoltingly … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Writing Quote Number 4 from the Archive

I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quotes Number 3 from the Archives

Aside from heavy drinking, the creation of lists is the most effective temporary form of anxiety relief that I know of, and, as a bonus, it’s substantially cheaper and results … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

What do you call songwriters? Poets with music in their pen

“… when you’re talking about the music of a country, you’re talking more or less about the soundtrack of a country, the soundtrack by which people’s lives are lived,” Tyehimba … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 5 Comments

Writing Quote Number 2 from the Archive

It is well known that a woman can be in two places at once, at her desk and her washing machine… Sylvia Townsend Warner

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Writing Quote Number 1 from the Archives

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 7 from the Archive

When I’m teaching I often use this exercise in the first week of term and I thought others might like to try it. Varying the length of a sentence is … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 6 from the Archive

We need to make the most of the summer so today’s exercise is very simple: go outside to write whenever you have the chance. But do it in a way … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · 4 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 5 from the Archive

Bestselling crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died last month aged 87, had 10 Rules for Writing. Number three was Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 4 from the Archive

This is a lucky dip romance…. Pick your numbers and you’ll have your two characters and what brings them together…but no scrolling! It’s much more fun if you do this … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 3 from the Archive

A very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 2 Comments