BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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What I am…what we all are…James Baldwin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am what time, circumstance, history, have made of me, certainly, but I am also, much more than that. So are we all. James Baldwin

October 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

Why a Physical Dictionary is better – Rachel del Valle QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Wikipedia and Google answer questions with more questions, opening up pages of information you never asked for. But a dictionary builds on common knowledge, using simple words to explain more … Continue reading

October 10, 2021 · 4 Comments

Writing is Hard Work – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.Stephen King Photo Credit: Craig Whitehead on Unsplash

October 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Writing About Real People and Real Events – Anne Lamott QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.Anne Lamott Photo Credit: David Hinkle on Unsplash

September 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Find A Good Place To Write and Stick To It – Twyla Tharp QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is no ideal condition for creativity. What works for one person is useless for another. The only criterion is this: Make it easy on yourself. Find a working environment … Continue reading

September 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

Don’t reveal – withhold! David Mamet on how to keep an audience’s attention QUOTES FOR WRITERS

How do we keep the audience’s attention? Certainly not by giving them more information but, on the contrary, by withholding information—by withholding all information except that information in the absence … Continue reading

September 12, 2021 · 2 Comments

There’s Only One Requirement if You Want to Be A Writer – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

A little talent is a good thing to have if you want to be a writer. But the only real requirement is the ability to remember every scar.Stephen King Photo … Continue reading

September 5, 2021 · 4 Comments

What To Read When You’re Writing – Terry Pratchett QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because … Continue reading

August 29, 2021 · 6 Comments

Persist, persist, persist! says Lincoln Michel QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The writers who succeed in my experience are the ones who submit constantly, who start the next novel when the current one is rejected, who keep querying. I might go … Continue reading

August 22, 2021 · 4 Comments

Theft in Poetry – T.S. Eliot QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his … Continue reading

August 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

Writing Advice that Covers Every Situation – Dr Louise Tondeur QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Often advice for writers assumes that 1) you want to be published and 2) that you’re only writing one particular thing, which isn’t necessarily true. But there is one piece … Continue reading

August 8, 2021 · 2 Comments

Write what you REALLY see – Louise Doughty QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The first thing any art teacher tells a child is draw what they really see, rather than what they think something ought to look like. The same is true of … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 3 Comments

How to End a Story and How Not To – Colum McCann QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Nothing in life ever really begins in one single place, and nothing ever truly ends. But stories have at least to pretend to finish. Don’t tie it up too neatly. … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

“…revision is where the work gets done…” Raven Leilani QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I started writing anything good until I accepted that rejection is par for the course. It made me less precious. It made me realise that revision is … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · 4 Comments