BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Procrastination: it’s not laziness, it’s fear – Catherine Ryan Howard QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You are afraid that when you actually sit down to start writing the book, it won’t be as good as the idea for the book you have in your head. … Continue reading

November 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

…the water is rising – Raymond Carver QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Life and death matters, yes. And the question of how to behave in this world, how to go in the face of everything. Time is short and the water is … Continue reading

November 22, 2020 · 2 Comments

I feel entitled to write any story I want, in whatever way I want…QUOTES FOR WRITERS Bernardine Evaristo

Many of my characters are completely beyond my experience, but that’s what we do as writers, we write beyond our experience…I feel entitled to write any story I want, in … Continue reading

November 8, 2020 · 2 Comments

What People are Looking For – Joseph Campbell QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.Joseph Campbell

November 1, 2020 · 3 Comments

How Reviews Impact on a Writer – Ann Patchett QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Praise and criticism seem to me to operate exactly on the same level. If you get a great review, it’s really thrilling for about ten minutes. If you get a … Continue reading

October 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

Books = World says Cornelia Funke QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books have to be heavy because the whole world’s inside them.Cornelia Funke Image by Maya Nabrowski from Pixabay

October 18, 2020 · 4 Comments

Louise Glück on not knowing if the silence will end… QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I go through two, three years writing nothing. Zero. Not a sentence. Not bad poems I discard, not notes toward poems. Nothing. And you don’t know in those periods that … Continue reading

October 11, 2020 · Leave a comment

What makes Life possible by Ursula K. LeGuin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next. Ursula K LeGuin Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

October 4, 2020 · 6 Comments

The attraction of the edge – E.L.Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITERS

We’re always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it’s a little raw and nervy.E.L.Doctorow Photo by Trent Yarnell on Unsplash

September 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

…The world is a million possible things…Terry Gilliam QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Well, I really want to encourage a kind of fantasy, a kind of magic. I love the term magic realism, whoever invented it — I do actually like it because it says certain … Continue reading

September 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Shirley Jackson on the best thing about being a writer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The very nicest thing about being a writer is that you can afford to indulge yourself endlessly with oddness, and nobody can really do anything about it, as long as … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Don’t waste time trying to perfect your beginning – says novelist Elizabeth Enfield QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The beginning has to anticipate and reflect what happens in the rest of the book and often you don’t know this until you have reached the end of the first … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Getting back to basics with your story – Joanne Harris QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Keep thinking about what’s most important in your story. Is it a character, an incident, a relationship? Whatever it is, it should feature in your story’s opening. You’re taking the … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Celebrating the wonderful technology of a book – E.L.Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITERS

A physical book is great technology if you think about it. Once it’s produced it doesn’t use up any energy, and if you take decent care of it, it will … Continue reading

August 16, 2020 · 4 Comments