BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

How to find inspiration – Anne Tyler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

…the novelist Anne Tyler likes to keep the windows open to hear ordinary life outside. She writes in longhand, then types her words out, then records her words, listens to them, and … Continue reading

September 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

Good prose is more muscle than fat, says Ursula Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Adjectives and adverbs are good and rich and fattening. The main thing is not to overindulge … I would recommend to all storytellers a watchful attitude and a thoughtful, careful … Continue reading

September 15, 2019 · 1 Comment

Yeats on what the world has to offer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.W.B. Yeats Photo by Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash

August 25, 2019 · 3 Comments

Writers should be wracked with guilt and self-hatred – Harlan Coben QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There are days you just can’t write. Fill them with self-loathing. What, snowflake, you wanted me to tell you it’s okay to feel this way? It’s not. On the days … Continue reading

August 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Toni Morrison in her own words QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You are your own stories and therefore free to imagine and experience what it means to be human without wealth. What it feels like to be human without domination over … Continue reading

August 11, 2019 · 6 Comments

Why Writers Should Work Out….QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I find that the hardest work of my writing is done in my subconscious brain, somewhere in the back of my skull far out of the reach of my control. … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Reason for Bad Writing – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Bad writing is more than a matter of shit syntax and faulty observation; bad writing usually arises from a stubborn refusal to tell stories about what people actually do― to … Continue reading

July 7, 2019 · 2 Comments

Advice to young writers from playwright and screenwriter Lilian Hellman QUOTES FOR WRITERS

They’re fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. Lillian Hellman

June 23, 2019 · 3 Comments

In early June….John Steinbeck QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.John Steinbeck, The Winter of Our Discontent Photo by Ann Savchenko on Unsplash

June 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Could you give a bad ending to a good character? Kate Atkinson’s views might be a bit unfashionable…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The legacy of the fairy story in my brain is that everything will work out. In fiction it would be very hard for me, as a writer, to give a … Continue reading

May 26, 2019 · 5 Comments

A day in Brighton…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and festival goers)

May is festival time in my adopted home town of Brighton  – every year we host the second largest arts festival in the northern hemisphere (and the third largest in … Continue reading

May 19, 2019 · 2 Comments

Where to Draw the Line…advice from scriptwriter Sue Teddern QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Learning how to write drama means learning how to cope with meddling. You’ll have to identify the boundary between what it’s reasonable for you to accept (‘We think it might … Continue reading

April 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

…stories are about what you lose…John Irving QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Be serious, Life hurts, reflect what hurts. I don’t mean that you can’t also be funny, or have fun, but at the end of the day, stories are about what … Continue reading

April 7, 2019 · 4 Comments

Looking forward to April…a slam-bang return to joy, says Barbara Kingsolver QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Every religious tradition from the northern hemisphere honors some form of April hallelujah, for this is the season of exquisite redemption, a slam-bang return to joy after a season of … Continue reading

March 31, 2019 · 1 Comment