BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Samantha Harvey on Writing a Story Backwards QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If some of the most confounding times of our lives arise when we lose clear sight of how a situation came to be—what caused me to become unwell, what induced … Continue reading

June 12, 2022 · Leave a comment

Why Words are Pretty Inadequate Most of the Time – Samuel Butler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

WE WANT WORDS to do more than they can. We try to do with them what comes to very much like trying to mend a watch with a pickaxe or … Continue reading

June 5, 2022 · 5 Comments

Blake Morrison on the Best Kind of Memoir QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The best memoirs are always transgressive. They are alternative history – voices you didn’t expect to hear; candour that breaches the norms of polite society; episodes that seem shocking till … Continue reading

May 29, 2022 · 2 Comments

Books are the Journey…Anna Quindlen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.Anna Quindlen

May 8, 2022 · 5 Comments

Light and Shade, Sunshine and Shadows…Albert Camus QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is no sun without shadow, and it is essential to know the night.Albert Camus

May 1, 2022 · 2 Comments

…Follow Your Most Intense Obsessions…Franz Kafka QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly. Franz Kafka

April 24, 2022 · 2 Comments

How to Make Mistakes Jump Out of Your Manuscript like Fleas from a Dog – Clare Skuse QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Distance is an underrated writing tool, and not just physical distance, but emotional distance too. When I’ve completed a novel, I will print it out and put it away in the drawer … Continue reading

April 15, 2022 · 6 Comments

What Editing Does for Your Writing – Iain Maloney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Most editing is removing scaffolding. You need scaffolding when you build a house, it’s there for support, for safety, for convenience, but the house isn’t finished until all the scaffolding … Continue reading

April 10, 2022 · 9 Comments

People are Cruel to Writers – C. JoyBell C. QUOTES FOR WRITERS

People have many cruel expectations from writers. People expect novelists to live on a hill with three kids and a spouse, people expect children’s story writers to never have sex, … Continue reading

April 3, 2022 · 3 Comments

What Happens When You Ban Books…Craig Nelson QUOTES FOR WRITERS

When the Viennese government compiled a Catalogue of Forbidden Books in 1765, so many Austrians used it as a reading guide that the Hapsburg censors were forced to include the … Continue reading

March 27, 2022 · 3 Comments

Give Me Writers with Calloused Hands…Doug Murano QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I get tired of “under 40” lists. Show me someone who got their PhD at 60 after losing everything. Give me the 70-year-old debut novelist who writes from a lifetime … Continue reading

March 20, 2022 · 2 Comments

What You Learn from Reading Aloud – David Perez QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Reading aloud engages the senses, makes us think of rhythm, narrative flow, and stillness; connects us with how our words truly sound. Reading aloud slows us down. When we read … Continue reading

March 13, 2022 · 11 Comments

For Most People Most of the Time it Takes Years to Write a Book – Annie Dillard QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Out of a human population on earth of 4.5 billion, perhaps 20 people can write a serious book in a year. Some people lift cars, too. Some people enter week-long … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 5 Comments

Humour is an essential part of writing – Maeve Higgins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Comedy belongs in every piece of writing — humour is not a dodge or a distraction or a cheap trick, it’s an essential part of being alive, and as such, … Continue reading

March 6, 2022 · 7 Comments