BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Keep on Keeping on Until You Stop – advice from Geoff Dryer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In my 30s I used to go to the gym even though I hated it. The purpose of ­going to the gym was to postpone the day when I would stop going. … Continue reading

May 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bored with your story? Hate your characters? That’s OK says Sophie Kinsella QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Everybody, no matter who they are gets to the middle of a book and thinks crikey, I’ve had enough of this. You get bored with your story and your characters, … Continue reading

May 2, 2021 · Leave a comment

Making a Poem – Eavan Boland QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If you can’t do a poem, you can do a line. And if you can’t do a line, you can do an image — and that pathway that leads you … Continue reading

April 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

To Hell With It All but only if…Colum MCann QUOTES FOR WRITERS

To hell with grammar, but only if you know the grammar first. To hell with formality, but only if you have learned what it means to be formal. To hell … Continue reading

April 18, 2021 · 2 Comments

The Valley of Failure is where Writers hang out…Julian Gough QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Hey, see the Mountain of Success, way over there? The only way to get to it is through the Valley of Failure. There is no other way. It’s a peculiarity … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · 2 Comments

“… through storytelling we share knowledge, recover from trauma, survive, thrive, re-build, testify…” Danny Denton QUOTES FOR WRITERS

And if “story” (be it journalism, memoir, poetry, fiction, chat, therapy, weather talk or whatever else) is our way of processing the things that happen to us and the things … Continue reading

April 4, 2021 · 4 Comments

Reaching down for the authentic…Anne Rice QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You reach deep down and bring up what feels absolutely authentic to you as you move along with the book, but you don’t know everything about it. You can’t.Anne Rice

March 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Anthony Burgess on the bare bones of language QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth. Anthony Burgess Image Credit: OpenClipart-Vectors from … Continue reading

March 21, 2021 · 2 Comments

Learn New Things and go on Fantastic Adventures – Lydia Davies QUOTES FOR WRTERS

There is a great deal to be learned from programs, courses, and teachers. But I suggest working equally hard, throughout your life, at learning new things on your own, from … Continue reading

March 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

QUOTES FOR WOMEN on the eve on INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

If you don’t like my ocean don’t fish in my sea. Stay out of my valley and let my mountain be.Ma Rainey Wherever you go, you meet part of your … Continue reading

March 7, 2021 · 3 Comments

Crisis is where we get the true measure of a character…George Saunders QUOTES FOR WRITERS

To get any forward momentum, I have to make stories that have drama, which for me often means putting some overt threat in there. And I’m not subtle. To make … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · Leave a comment

Poems are a way of looking at yourself – Michael Rosen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Poems are like photos in a photo album …It gives you a chance to look at yourself. Rather like the way people do when they’ve got two mirrors.Michael Rosen Photo … Continue reading

February 28, 2021 · 3 Comments

Writing comes out of affliction…Edna O’ Brien QUOTES FOR WRITERS

That is the mystery about writing: it comes out of afflictions, out of the gouged times, when the heart is cut open. Edna O’Brien Photo Credit:Jonathan Rados on Unsplash

February 21, 2021 · 4 Comments

Writing is a lonely place – Rachel Carson QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Writing is a lonely occupation at best. Of course there are stimulating and even happy associations with friends and colleagues, but during the actual work of creation the writer cuts … Continue reading

February 14, 2021 · 5 Comments