BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Fred East reveals why Show Don’t Tell is good advice…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

Writing…It’s the streaming reason for living Enid Bagnold QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Who wants to become a writer? And why? Because it’s the answer to everything. … It’s the streaming reason for living. To note, to pin down, to build up, to … Continue reading

June 28, 2020 · Leave a comment

…Books are patient where we are slow to understand…Carl Sagan QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and … Continue reading

June 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

Literature declines to eradicate one truth in favor of another…says George Saunders QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Fiction is a kind of compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth. Is life kind or cruel? Yes, Literature answers. Are people good or bad? You bet, says Literature. But … Continue reading

June 14, 2020 · 3 Comments

Why reading is good for us and good for everyone else…Chris Riddell QUOTES FOR WRITERS

READING allows us to see and understand the world through the eyes of others. A good book is an empathy engine.Chris Riddell

June 7, 2020 · 2 Comments

David Bowie on why it’s important to be selfish QUOTES FOR WRITERS

All my big mistakes are when I try to second-guess or please an audience. My work is always stronger when I get very selfish about it.David Bowie Photo by Jr Korpa on Unsplash

May 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

When it comes to writing big emotions ‘show and tell’ isn’t enough…Donald Maass QUOTES FOR WRITERS

BIG EMOTIONS often fall flat on the page. Trying to evoke them through showing can fail to work any better. Tiptoeing down creaky stairs into a dark basement doesn’t necessarily … Continue reading

May 24, 2020 · Leave a comment

It is all in the details – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Making people believe the unbelievable is no trick; it’s work. … Belief and reader absorption come in the details: An overturned tricycle in the gutter of an abandoned neighborhood can stand … Continue reading

May 17, 2020 · 2 Comments

How you know it’s a good book…Paul Sweeney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend.Paul Sweeney Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash

May 10, 2020 · 3 Comments

Ready to make your messy inner self plain to see? Donald Maass on what storytellers have to do QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Protagonists and antagonists are fanatics. So are you. Is that scary? Sure, but own that side of yourself and you are less likely to shut it down. I mean who … Continue reading

May 3, 2020 · 3 Comments

A screenplay…is merely the scaffolding for a building someone else is going to build – John Irving QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is no (literary) language in a screenplay. (For me, dialogue doesn’t count as language.) What passes for language in a screenplay is rudimentary, like the directions for assembling a … Continue reading

April 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Reading “…this will be magic, heaven, and salvation. I promise.” Anne Lamott QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books are paper ships, to all the worlds, to ancient Egypt, outer space, eternity, into the childhood of your favorite musician, and — the most precious stunning journey of all … Continue reading

April 12, 2020 · 1 Comment

Originality is non-existent – so steal, advises film director Jim Jarmusch QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street … Continue reading

April 5, 2020 · 6 Comments

Don't try to shock with your metaphors – Jorge Luis Borges QUOTES FOR WRITERS

When I was a young man I was always hunting for new metaphors. Then I found out that really good metaphors are always the same. I mean you compare time … Continue reading

March 29, 2020 · 2 Comments