BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

…pain, loss, regret – the stuff of drama Harold Pinter QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think plays have nothing to do with one’s own personal life. Not in my experience, anyway. The stuff of drama has to do, not with your subject matter, anyway, … Continue reading

November 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

“…A story is how we construct our experiences…” Doris Lessing QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Humanity’s legacy of stories and storytelling is the most precious we have. All wisdom is in our stories and songs. A story is how we construct our experiences. At the … Continue reading

November 12, 2017 · 2 Comments

“Why do men feel threatened by women?” asked Margaret Atwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS and everyone

Given the events over the last few weeks , I thought it would be a good idea to post the words of Margret Atwood: Why do men feel threatened by … Continue reading

November 5, 2017 · 8 Comments

Once you read a book you care about…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and readers)

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you. Louis L’Amour What books are always with you? The first book that came … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 9 Comments

Neither all instruction, nor all entertainment, say Margaret Atwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If it’s all instruction, you get annoyed with it and bored, and you stop reading. If it’s all entertainment, you read it quite quickly, your heart going pitty-pat, pitty-pat. But … Continue reading

October 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

What fantasy can do for you – Terry Pratchett QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Terry Pratchett

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where reading can take you…Jean Rhys QUOTE FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere. Jean Rhys is the author of Wide Sargasso Sea, among … Continue reading

October 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

A writer shouldn’t know what he is talking about…Grace Paley QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One of the reasons writers are so much more interested in life than others who just go on living all the time is that what the writer doesn’t understand the … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Auden on the silly question a writer is always asked…. QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A writer … is always being asked by people who should know better: “Whom do you write for?” The question is, of course, a silly one, but I can give … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

Memory isn’t a storage room or a tool…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Is memory produced by us, or is it us? Our identity is very likely whatever our memory decides to retain. But let’s not presume that memory is a storage room. … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Poetry is part of everything… ” QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Poetry is part of everything. You can’t have a really good work if it’s not touched by poetry. Poetry manifests itself in millions of ways: as rhythm, metaphor, mood. Sometimes … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

WRITING QUOTE number 7 from the archive

Most stories we tell in real life are under 500 words. You’re at a party, everyone has a glass of wine, and suddenly you have the floor. You throw out … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Writing Quote Number 6 from the Archive

A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling … Continue reading

August 14, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quote Number 5 from the Archive

I step away from the computer and swim. I really wish someone had told me earlier that there’s a relationship between writing and exercise. Writing involves you being completely, revoltingly … Continue reading

August 13, 2017 · 5 Comments