BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

David Bowie on why it’s important to be selfish QUOTES FOR WRITERS

All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.David Bowie Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

A saint, a sinner and a chemise…advice from the 1830s Agony Aunt

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT is not leaving The Regency Town House in Brighton and Hove, a town rich in art and entertainment … Continue reading

May 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

START THE WEEK with a creative writing exercise and your main character is drunk…

Write two versions of the same scene. The setting is a work place and the main character is someone who turns up very, very drunk. First version: write in the … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

When it comes to writing big emotions ‘show and tell’ isn’t enough…Donald Maass QUOTES FOR WRITERS

BIG EMOTIONS often fall flat on the page. Trying to evoke them through showing can fail to work any better. Tiptoeing down creaky stairs into a dark basement doesn’t necessarily … Continue reading

May 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

Written a short story on the theme of solitude?

Indy publishers Everything With Words are publishing a book of short stories in spring 2021 on the theme of solitude.Submissions should be between 2,000 and 6,000 words long. There is … Continue reading

May 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

Protect yourself from the sun and learn how to be the perfect housekeeper …dependable advice from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT is staying alert at The Regency Town House in Brighton and Hove, a town patronised by Royalty and … Continue reading

May 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

START THE WEEK with a Creative Writing Exercise

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

May 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

It is all in the details – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

These Are The Hands…if ever there was a book that spoke to our time this is it

These Are the Hands is a collection of poetry about the NHS written by NHS staff: doctors and nurses at all stages of their careers and the other vital – … Continue reading

May 16, 2020 · 1 Comment

Birthday Anguish and Weak Ankles…Sound advice and sober reflection from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT staying alert at The Regency Town House in that South Coast pearl of a town, Brighton and Hove … Continue reading

May 12, 2020 · Leave a comment

How you know it’s a good book…Paul Sweeney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.Paul Sweeney Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

May 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

Recipe for a perfect marriage and can women write? Should they…? Advice of thorough probity from the 1830s

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT staying indoors at The Regency Town House in the most salubrious of towns, Brighton and Hove Now … Continue reading

May 5, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ready to make your messy inner self plain to see? Donald Maass on what storytellers have to do QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Protagonists and antagonists are fanatics. So are you. Is that scary? Sure, but own that side of yourself and you are less likely to shut it down. I mean who … Continue reading

May 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

Mix too much curry powder with a letter from the Mistress… Mrs Finnegan, the 1830s housekeeper extraordinaire isn’t feeling well

As we enter the month of May let us rejoice in everything it can give us. Even if the merry-making has to be rather solitary we can still look forward … Continue reading

May 1, 2020 · Leave a comment