BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

THE 1830s BRIGHTON HOUSEKEEPER AND AGONY AUNT is UNWELL. Mrs Finnegan regrets a temporary reduction in advice-giving (but fear not, the quality is undiminished)

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT has a chill in danger of turning into a cough which may become a cold of … Continue reading

June 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

START THE WEEK with a creative writing exercise – start a memoir with a drawing

There’s a big difference between thinking about a story concept or the way a character develops and thinking with a pen in your hand. Writing – even when you know … Continue reading

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

Writing…It’s the streaming reason for living Enid Bagnold QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

The Puny Fair Sex and Knowing When to Eat Umble Pie ADVICE FROM THE 1830s BRIGHTON HOUSEKEEPER AND AGONY AUNT

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT is looking after  The Regency Town House and a newly arrived member of the gentry. I enjoy … Continue reading

June 23, 2020 · Leave a comment

START THE WEEK with a creative writing exercise that will work for ever and ever….

Actually, this isn’t a writing exercise at all. It is a writing prompt. There’s a difference: an exercise is designed, it is crafted and – ideally – should be tested … Continue reading

June 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

…Books are patient where we are slow to understand…Carl Sagan QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and … Continue reading

June 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Mutton Fat (again!), Servants and Chaperones ADVICE FROM THE 1830s BRIGHTON HOUSEKEEPER AND AGONY AUNT

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT living in her own bubble where the land meets the sea, while also looking after  The … Continue reading

June 16, 2020 · 3 Comments

Happy Bloomsday – listen to the definitive recording of Ulysses

Ulysses – James Joyce’s 700-page masterpiece – is 100 years old today. June 16th is known throughout the world as Bloomsday, after protagonist Leopold Bloom. This Bloomsday to celebrate the centenary of … Continue reading

June 16, 2020 · 2 Comments

Literature declines to eradicate one truth in favor of another…says George Saunders QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth. Is life kind or cruel? Yes, Literature answers. Are people good or bad? You bet, says Literature. But … Continue reading

June 14, 2020 · 3 Comments

Tears and Temper and Dear Old Ladies ADVICE FROM THE 1830s BRIGHTON HOUSEKEEPER AND AGONY AUNT

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT At present she is meeting with six people from one household, or visiting six households, or … Continue reading

June 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

START THE WEEK with a writing exercise: a character lucky dip

I love the random nature of this exercise. Most of the time it is just writing practice, exploring how to reveal emotion and develop character, but it is a bit … Continue reading

June 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Why reading is good for us and good for everyone else…Chris Riddell QUOTES FOR WRITERS

READING allows us to see and understand the world through the eyes of others. A good book is an empathy engine.Chris Riddell

June 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

Change is afoot! along with picnics and eye infections… Advice from the 1830s Agony Aunt

Mrs Finnegan’s Chronicles: the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT At present she is only occasionally stepping out from the elegant confines of  The Regency Town … Continue reading

June 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

START THE WEEK with a writing exercise: Creating a Dark Character

AS WRITERS WE NEED people to do bad things: they create story. They may not be the heart of your writing, the central core, but they kickstart action and reaction. … Continue reading

June 1, 2020 · 3 Comments