BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Let’s write a chain story – your turn

Haven’t done this in ages, but I’m hoping this will be a good start to the week. The rules are simple: the story starts with my opening below. You fill … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 7 Comments

Beautiful art…was created by human beings just like you… Maya Angelou QUOTE FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 16 Comments

Learning how to be truly individual with Leonora Carrington ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is of the Giantess, (or The Guardian of the Egg)  by Leonora Carrington. She lived a rich and varied life – from being presented at court as a young debutante … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Would you love to work for a Literary Agent? Or do you have a different kind of dream…?

You don’t see job adverts for literary assistants very often so when I saw this one from a major London Literary Agent on twitter today I thought it was worth … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · 6 Comments

…Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared…Lydia Millet QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Yes, you need to put words on the page, but to qualify for the page those words must always interest you. For if not you, then whom? Writing should not … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 14 Comments

The power of telling stories…ART FOR WRITERS

This mural is by Fintan Magee, an Australian artist known for his murals throughout  the world. This is a partial list of his public art, but as it doesn’t include … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

“You just have got to be brave enough to start…” Tom Stoppard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I feel that when I began writing, I had a need to know more about the play before I got into it. I think that’s the way I was thinking. … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 10 Comments

Embroidering people with beauty – ART FOR WRITERS

Ruth Miller creates hand-embroidered portraits from her studio on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Each one takes about a year. This is what she says about her work: “Ugly and gross … Continue reading

December 29, 2017 · 5 Comments

Can you write funny? BBC Radio is looking for new comedy talent

BBC Radio 4 have commissioned a sketch show for aspiring comedy writers. The focuss  is on smart and funny observations around diversity and multiculturalism. This is a UK-wide opportunity for … Continue reading

December 26, 2017 · 8 Comments

A 10 point smorgasbord of writing advice for Christmas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you wrote down all the suggestions for writing well from successful writers, and tossed them into a hat, the top 10 would look something like this: 1. Write every … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · 12 Comments

Glory in the colour of your words…ART FOR WRITERS

This is one of the Nana scultures by Niki de Saint Phalle and you don’t need me to tell you it’s celebrating life, colour and being a woman. It’s a … Continue reading

December 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

8 reasons why a Writer should join twitter. On the shortest day of the year a celebration of writing short

Originally posted on BRIDGET WHELAN writer:
I know writers and readers who embrace every kind of social media but still can’t stand the thought of twitter. I wrote this two…

December 21, 2017 · Leave a comment

A shed load of writing competitions – all ending on New Year’s Eve

2017 Ernest Hemingway Prize for Flash Ficton Genre: Fiction up to 1500 words Prize: $200 and publication in Fiction Southeast Deadline: December 31, 2017 The Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Genre: Short … Continue reading

December 18, 2017 · 4 Comments

…how to choose the form your story will take…Doris Lessing QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I see every book as a problem that you have to solve. That is what dictates the form you use. It’s not that you say, ‘I want to write a … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 7 Comments