BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

"…Writing is not figure skating or skiing…"warns Paul Theroux QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? “She drove me to my practice at four in the morning,” etc. Writing is not figure … Continue reading

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Probably the best definition of a short story – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Short stories are tiny windows into other worlds and other minds and other dreams. They are journeys you can make to the far side of the universe and still be … Continue reading

February 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

"When I start writing the first sentence…" Anna Mocikat QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Since I used to be a screenwriter before I started publishing novels, I’m an enthusiastic plotter. When I start writing the first sentence of a novel, I know exactly how … Continue reading

February 2, 2020 · 2 Comments

What happens when we allow ourselves to write freely…Sharon Olds QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Whenever we give our pen some free will, we may surprise ourselves. All that wanting to seem normal in regular life, all that fitting in falls away in the face … Continue reading

January 26, 2020 · 2 Comments

Clive James on originality QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Scarcely anything is original. It’s very hard to be totally inventive, so I’m not terribly interested in originality. Vitality is all I care about. CLIVE JAMES Photo by Sharon Pittaway on Unsplash

January 19, 2020 · 3 Comments

"…It is always the art of the possible, never the impossible." Ray Bradbury QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Science fiction is any idea that occurs in the head and doesn’t exist yet, but soon will, and will change everything for everybody, and nothing will ever be the same … Continue reading

January 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

How to overcome writer's doubt – Diana Marie Delgado QUOTES FOR WRITERS

My problem isn’t writer’s block—it’s writer’s doubt. I sit down but I often doubt that I can finish what’s in front of me. So, I’m not a writer who typically … Continue reading

December 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

It rained when it should have snowed…Seamus Heaney QUOTES FOR WRITERS

It rained when it should have snowed. When we went to gather holly the ditches were swimming, we were wet to the knees, our hands were all jags and water … Continue reading

December 22, 2019 · Leave a comment

True humour is the antidote to dogmatism and fanaticism – Nick Cave QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Humour is not lack of gravity and it is not frivolity. Rather, it is the merciful oxygen that can envelop seriousness and prevent it from becoming a grim contagion that … Continue reading

December 15, 2019 · 2 Comments

There’s self-respect in making things, says poet Sharon Olds QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Writing or making anything — a poem, a bird feeder, a chocolate cake — has self-respect in it. You’re working. You’re trying. You’re not lying down on the ground, having … Continue reading

November 24, 2019 · 4 Comments

Planning doesn’t take the fun out of it – bestselling crime fiction author Sophie Hannah QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The biggest lie uttered by writers about planning is that it somehow limits or stifles creativity. This is absolutely untrue. Planners simply divide their writing process into two equally important … Continue reading

November 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

You should write because…advice from the author of Brokeback Mountain QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You should write because you love the shape of stories and sentences and the creation of different words on a page. Writing comes from reading, and reading is the finest … Continue reading

November 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

What a writer must do…William Faulkner QUOTES FOR WRITERS

He must never be satisfied with what he does. It never is as good as it can be done. Always dream and shoot higher than you know you can do. … Continue reading

November 3, 2019 · Leave a comment

Why I read – Zadie Smith QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am fascinated to presume, as a reader, that many types of people, strange to me in life, might be revealed, through the intimate space of fiction, to have griefs … Continue reading

October 20, 2019 · 2 Comments