BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been – Rainer Maria Rilke

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January 1, 2023 · 2 Comments

It’s Easier to Give than to Receive – John Steinbeck QUOTES FOR WRITERS

“…Receiving if it be well done, requires a fine balance of self-knowledge and kindness…”

December 25, 2022 · 2 Comments

A Character Trait All Writers Need – Irwin Shaw QUOTES FOR WRITERS

An absolutely necessary part of a writer’s equipment, almost as necessary as talent, is the ability to stand up under punishment, both the punishment the world hands out and the … Continue reading

December 18, 2022 · 1 Comment

Am I a Good Enough Reader to Comment on Someone Else’s Story? George Saunders answers QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Ever wondered if you’re qualified to give an opinion on a story or novel?
George Saunders explains why you can.

December 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

Truth and Lies – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The primary duty of literature is to tell us the truth about ourselves by telling lies about people who never existed. Stephen King Photo credit: Niklas Ohlrogge on Unsplash

December 4, 2022 · 2 Comments

It’s Hard for Everyone – All You Get is the Bacon Rinds Ernest Hemingway QUOTES FOR WRITERS

What you ought to do is write you big lazy bastard. My god it is hard for anybody to write. I never start a damn thing without knowing 200 times … Continue reading

November 27, 2022 · 2 Comments

The Search for Truth – Anton Chekhov QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Anton Chekhov wonders if the search for truth must always end in failure

November 13, 2022 · 6 Comments

The Trouble with Inspiration – Crime Writer Peter Temple QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Inspiration isn’t to be trusted says crime writer Peter Temple

November 6, 2022 · 2 Comments

The Horror of Fairytales – A Halloween Quote for Writers

Every fairytale had a bloody lining. Every one had teeth and claws.

October 30, 2022 · 10 Comments

An Author’s Duty to be Truthful – Elizabeth Strout QUOTES FOR WRITERS

What responsibility does an author have to a reader?
American novelist Elizabeth Stout is convinced there are two unbreakable duties, although she doesn’t akways know how to achieve it.

October 23, 2022 · Leave a comment

Writing is a Struggle but it Shouldn’t be for Your Readers – Joe Moran QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Writing is a strange, cumbersome, artificial process. It takes a lot of work to make your words clear to the reader. The comic singer Neil Innes used to start his … Continue reading

October 16, 2022 · 3 Comments

Without You an Entire Industry Would Not Exist – Doris Lessing QUOTES FOR WRITERS

And it does no harm to repeat, as often as you can, ‘Without me the literary industry would not exist: the publishers, the agents, the sub-agents, the sub-sub-agents, the accountants, … Continue reading

October 9, 2022 · 7 Comments

Trust Your Ear and Read Aloud – Joe Moran QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If you get the rhythm of your writing right, the other things tend to fall into place. Most people know the grammatical rules of writing more than they think they … Continue reading

October 2, 2022 · 1 Comment

Remembering Your Home – Beth Kephart QUOTES FOR MEMOIR WRITERS

Our childhood houses offered, at their most basic, shelter. But they also served as round-the-clock stage sets, as a kind of theater in which we were both actor and audience… … Continue reading

September 25, 2022 · 8 Comments

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