BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Beautiful art…was created by human beings just like you… Maya Angelou QUOTE FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 16 Comments

…Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared…Lydia Millet QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Yes, you need to put words on the page, but to qualify for the page those words must always interest you. For if not you, then whom? Writing should not … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 14 Comments

“You just have got to be brave enough to start…” Tom Stoppard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I feel that when I began writing, I had a need to know more about the play before I got into it. I think that’s the way I was thinking. … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 10 Comments

A 10 point smorgasbord of writing advice for Christmas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you wrote down all the suggestions for writing well from successful writers, and tossed them into a hat, the top 10 would look something like this: 1. Write every … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · 12 Comments

…how to choose the form your story will take…Doris Lessing QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I see every book as a problem that you have to solve. That is what dictates the form you use. It’s not that you say, ‘I want to write a … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 7 Comments

…be your most powerful self…Laini Taylor QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Be an unstoppable force. Write with an imaginary machete strapped to your thigh. This is not wishy-washy, polite, drinking-tea-with-your-pinkie-sticking-out stuff. It’s who you want to be, your most powerful self. … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 11 Comments

“…to express myself with words that you can chew…” Dario Fo QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is from Beolco Ruzzante that I’ve learned to free myself from conventional literary writing and to express myself with words that you can chew, with unusual sounds, with various … Continue reading

December 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

…Picnic baskets and modern art…Tom Stoppard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. Tom Stoppard

November 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

…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