BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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The attraction of the edge – E.L.Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITERS

We’re always attracted to the edges of what we are, out by the edges where it’s a little raw and nervy.E.L.Doctorow Photo by Trent Yarnell on Unsplash

September 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

…The world is a million possible things…Terry Gilliam QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Well, I really want to encourage a kind of fantasy, a kind of magic. I love the term magic realism, whoever invented it — I do actually like it because it says certain … Continue reading

September 20, 2020 · 2 Comments

Shirley Jackson on the best thing about being a writer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The very nicest thing about being a writer is that you can afford to indulge yourself endlessly with oddness, and nobody can really do anything about it, as long as … Continue reading

September 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Don’t waste time trying to perfect your beginning – says novelist Elizabeth Enfield QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The beginning has to anticipate and reflect what happens in the rest of the book and often you don’t know this until you have reached the end of the first … Continue reading

August 30, 2020 · Leave a comment

Getting back to basics with your story – Joanne Harris QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Keep thinking about what’s most important in your story. Is it a character, an incident, a relationship? Whatever it is, it should feature in your story’s opening. You’re taking the … Continue reading

August 23, 2020 · 3 Comments

Celebrating the wonderful technology of a book – E.L.Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITERS

A physical book is great technology if you think about it. Once it’s produced it doesn’t use up any energy, and if you take decent care of it, it will … Continue reading

August 16, 2020 · 4 Comments

Fantasy and Science Fiction are absorbed with now – Brandon Sanderson QUOTES FOR WRITERS

People say science fiction looks to the future, fantasy looks at the past. But the truth is both of them look at the now, just through different metaphorical lenses. Brandon Sanderson … Continue reading

August 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

The difference between journalism and fiction Garcia Marquez QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the … Continue reading

August 2, 2020 · Leave a comment

Writers, ever had this feeling? Vladimir Nabokov QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible. Vladimir Nabokov Picture credit: Image … Continue reading

July 26, 2020 · 3 Comments

Don’t wait to write – Henry David Thoreau QUOTES FOR WRITING

Write while the heat is in you. … The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with.Henry David Thoreau … Continue reading

July 19, 2020 · 2 Comments

Ray Bradbury’s Definition of Plot QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinationsRay Bradbury Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash

July 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

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