BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Planning doesn’t take the fun out of it – bestselling crime fiction author Sophie Hannah QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The biggest lie uttered by writers about planning is that it somehow limits or stifles creativity. This is absolutely untrue. Planners simply divide their writing process into two equally important … Continue reading

November 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

You should write because…advice from the author of Brokeback Mountain QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest … Continue reading

November 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

What a writer must do…William Faulkner QUOTES FOR WRITERS

He must never be satisfied with what he does. It never is as good as it can be done. Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. … Continue reading

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why I read – Zadie Smith QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am fascinated to presume, as a reader, that many types of people, strange to me in life, might be revealed, through the intimate space of fiction, to have griefs … Continue reading

October 20, 2019 · 2 Comments

“…nothing means anything until the next day when you do it again…” Ernest Hemingway on writing QUOTES FOR WRITING

You write until you come to a place where you still have your juice and know what will happen next and you stop and try to live through until the … Continue reading

October 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Half Day Writing Workshop in the home of a bestselling novelist – only £40 if you book early

This is a big, bold advertisement – as big and as bold as I get anyway – because I wanted to let you know that we are offering a 20% … Continue reading

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment

Children don’t want small and cosy – children’s author Clementine Beauvais QUOTES FOR AUTHORS

Children love all things big, and not just dinosaurs. They can cope with complicated words they’ve never seen before: that’s what they’ve been doing non-stop since they were born. They … Continue reading

October 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

Everyone has a story to tell – discover how to tell yours

I’m excited about a new memoir/family history workshop I’m running over four Saturday mornings in November in a wonderfully atmospheric historic building. And I’m not doing it on my own. … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · 3 Comments

CREATIVE RAGBAG OF NEWS AND IDEAS…A new book after 15 years…A new library…A new blog feature

A NEW NOVEL Fifteen years after the publication of the massive bestseller (massive in size and sales) Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell  Susanna Clarke is bringing out her second novel … Continue reading

October 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

How to find inspiration – Anne Tyler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

…the novelist Anne Tyler likes to keep the windows open to hear ordinary life outside. She writes in longhand, then types her words out, then records her words, listens to them, and … Continue reading

September 22, 2019 · 3 Comments

Good prose is more muscle than fat, says Ursula Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Adjectives and adverbs are good and rich and fattening. The main thing is not to overindulge … I would recommend to all storytellers a watchful attitude and a thoughtful, careful … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 2 Comments

Yeats on what the world has to offer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.W.B. Yeats Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

August 25, 2019 · 3 Comments

Writing Workshop with a Bestselling Novelist – it’s a Brighton experience like no other

Running workshops with a bestselling novelist in her Brighton home was an experiment. I’ve known Sarah Rayner for years as an inspirational novelist who writes about serious subjects – bereavement, … Continue reading

August 20, 2019 · Leave a comment

Writers should be wracked with guilt and self-hatred – Harlan Coben QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There are days you just can’t write. Fill them with self-loathing. What, snowflake, you wanted me to tell you it’s okay to feel this way? It’s not. On the days … Continue reading

August 12, 2019 · 2 Comments