BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Irritating aspects of Punctuation – E. L. Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITING

I like commas. I detest semi-colons – I don’t think they belong in a story. And I gave up quotation marks long ago. I found I didn’t need them, they … Continue reading

March 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

One of the great advantages books have over films…Alan Moore QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In comics the reader is in complete control of the experience. They can read it at their own pace, and if there’s a piece of dialogue that seems to echo … Continue reading

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Read Anything You Want. Just Read, says Matt Haig QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Read Emily Dickinson. Read Graham Greene. Read Italo Calvino. Read Maya Angelou. Read anything you want. Just read. Books are possibilities. They are Escape Routes. They give you options when … Continue reading

March 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

Don’t be the writer who never, explores, searches, sieves for the right word…Rumer Godden QUOTES FOR WRITERS

A writer who has never explored words, who has never searched, seeded, sieved, sifted through his knowledge and memory…dictionaries, thesaurus, poems, favorite paragraphs, to find the right word, is like … Continue reading

February 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

If you want to write a story you only have one goal…

‘Good story’ means something worth telling that the world wants to hear. Finding this is your lonely task…But the love of a good story, of terrific characters and a world … Continue reading

February 10, 2019 · 1 Comment

Developing empathy – what fiction does for us: Laila Lalami QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Stories help us see the world through the eyes of others: We see what they see; we’re provoked or inspired or amused; we take sides or withhold judgment—but in the … Continue reading

February 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

What inspires us – Seamus Heaney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

‘Inspiration…it’s a large ancient word. It means something that tempts you, that suggests you could go ahead – a little flicker of energy. It doesn’t need to be dramatic, just … Continue reading

January 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

In hard times we need writers who can be realists of a larger reality…says Ursula K. Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive … Continue reading

January 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

Barbara Kingsolver’s advice on writer’s block… QUOTES FOR WRITERS

It doesn’t matter how many books I’ve published, starting the next one always feels as daunting as the first. A day comes when I just have to make a deal … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Maybe a good writer doesn’t need…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it. Chinua Achebe

December 30, 2018 · 3 Comments

Why it’s good to be a writer…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.William Cowper

December 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

The first line of a poem is the most important line, says Billy Collins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There’s a lot of waiting around until something happens… there’s a kind of vigilance involved. I think what gets a poem going is an initiating line. Sometimes a first line … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Nations depend on poetry and painting, said William Blake…Quotes for Writers

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.William Blake

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to write from your unique position in the universe… Advice from Barbara Kingsolver QUOTES FOR WRITERS

It’s no coincidence that a lot of writers are introverts. At some point in the life of a manuscript you’ll want to get feedback, but not while it’s in the … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · 2 Comments