BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

MY BOOKS by crime writer William Shaw who discovered one Christmas that owning a book was very special

William Shaw, described by The Sun as a “a master of modern crime” is the author  of The Birdwatcher, Salt Lane and Dungeness (2019); also of the Breen and Tozer … Continue reading

October 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

I’ve just discovered an excellent guide to writing dialogue and I can’t keep it to myself…

I come across many how-to write articles online and you probably do as well. Some are rule-bound and dogmatic and are usually written by bloggers who don’t have any publishing … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

Poetry is necessary…Adrienne Rich QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have never believed that poetry is an escape from history, and I do not think it is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter, health, education, decent working conditions. … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

MY BOOKS by a creative writing adviser including the one that saves her from 3am dark thoughts

The books that made Marcia Humphries, the National Creative Writing Adviser for U3A. The University of the Third Age is a UK-wide movement formed over 30 years ago which brings … Continue reading

October 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

Why we need litrature – Ursula K. Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we’re visiting, life. Ursula K. Le Guin

October 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

One million self-published print books in 2017

It is the first time the number of self-published books have topped the one million mark. That’s a massive increase on 2016 – a jump of 28% – says Publishers … Continue reading

October 19, 2018 · 6 Comments

Three things are important if you want to write, says Madeleine L’Engle QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 7 Comments

MY BOOKS by an author who met his hero and wrote a book about it, and believes that the DNB is never, ever wrong

Born in England in 1964, James Christie graduated from college with a degree in creative writing as well as College Colours “in recognition of outstanding service to the student body … Continue reading

October 10, 2018 · Leave a comment

“…remember how much we love the mere act of putting words on the page…” Lee Martin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In every workshop I teach, I pass along a single piece of writing advice. It comes from Isak Dinesen who encouraged writers to, “Write a little every day, without hope, … Continue reading

October 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

MY BOOKS by an Australian teacher who believes The Hulk is one of the classic tragic characters of modern literature

Glen Donaldson is a Year 3 Australian school teacher who lists his three favourite words as (1) bugbear (2) Pollyanna and (3) shenanigator. Glen owns two Dobsonian telescopes – one … Continue reading

October 3, 2018 · 1 Comment