BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Write what you REALLY see – Louise Doughty QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The first thing any art teacher tells a child is draw what they really see, rather than what they think something ought to look like. The same is true of … Continue reading

August 1, 2021 · 3 Comments

How to End a Story and How Not To – Colum McCann QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Nothing in life ever really begins in one single place, and nothing ever truly ends. But stories have at least to pretend to finish. Don’t tie it up too neatly. … Continue reading

July 25, 2021 · 2 Comments

“…revision is where the work gets done…” Raven Leilani QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I started writing anything good until I accepted that rejection is par for the course. It made me less precious. It made me realise that revision is … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · 4 Comments

The old discovery that is ever new…Actor John Hannah QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Higher education must lead the march back to the fundamentals of human relationships, to the old discovery that is ever new, that man does not live by bread alone.John Hannah … Continue reading

July 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

Advice to a Writer Thinking of Giving Up – Heather Havrilesky QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You have to support your lovely odd-duck friends who have made money from their creations, but you can’t compare yourself to them. You have to aim high but you also … Continue reading

July 4, 2021 · Leave a comment

How to Combine Writing with Laundry and Children – Tina Chang QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Nowadays, my creativity is summoned within a two-hour time span. In this way, my writing has become more efficient. I will keep mental notes during the day as I run … Continue reading

June 27, 2021 · Leave a comment

“…The first draft is meant to be discarded…” Walter Mosely QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The first draft is the jabber you forced on that blind date. She was hoping for someone to ask her what she was feeling, but all you said was, and … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

“…if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try fiction…” Flannery O’Connor on what writers write about QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Fiction is about everything human and we are made out of dust, and if you scorn getting yourself dusty, then you shouldn’t try fiction. It’s not a grand enough job … Continue reading

June 13, 2021 · 4 Comments

Poems fall outside the usual laws of language…Jack Underwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Poems and black holes have a lot in common. Both have a singularity, for instance. Poems also keep their centres hidden, and like black holes they do not return a … Continue reading

June 6, 2021 · 4 Comments

“…it’s uncommon to master any kind of heat before middle age…” Lizzy Kremer, literary agent, on writing QUOTES FOR WRITERS

So many artists suffer from melancholy in all its shades, it is possible to forget that writing, like all creative acts, is essentially optimistic. ….if you write, it is because … Continue reading

May 30, 2021 · Leave a comment

When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it will stay split – Raymond Chandler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

WOULD you convey my compliments to the purist who reads your proofs and tell him or her that I write in a sort of broken-down patois which is something like … Continue reading

May 23, 2021 · Leave a comment

Not Everything Needs to be Explained – Esther Freud

Trust your reader. Not everything needs to be explained. If you really know something, and breathe life into it, they’ll know it too. Esther Freud Photo credit:Pexels from Pixabay

May 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

Keep on Keeping on Until You Stop – advice from Geoff Dryer QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In my 30s I used to go to the gym even though I hated it. The purpose of ­going to the gym was to postpone the day when I would stop going. … Continue reading

May 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

Bored with your story? Hate your characters? That’s OK says Sophie Kinsella QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Everybody, no matter who they are gets to the middle of a book and thinks crikey, I’ve had enough of this. You get bored with your story and your characters, … Continue reading

May 2, 2021 · Leave a comment