BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Fiction writers and filmakers love it but do we always need to write Trauma into our stories? Parul Sehgal QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Trauma has become synonymous with backstory, but the tyranny of backstory is itself a relatively recent phenomenon—one that, like any successful convention, has a way of skirting our notice. Personality … Continue reading

February 13, 2022 · 2 Comments

Small publishers are for risk, for poetry…for the future, said Cynthia Ozick QUOTES FOR WRITERS

They (small press publishers) concentrate on making room: for eccentricity, for risk, for poetry, for the odd essay and the odder fiction; for the future. Unexpectedness is what the small … Continue reading

February 6, 2022 · 2 Comments

Overcoming double vision…Alexander Solzhenitsyn on World Literature QUOTES FOR WRITERS

World literature is capable of transmitting the concentrated experience of a particular region to other lands so that we can overcome double vision and kaleidoscopic variety, so that one people … Continue reading

January 30, 2022 · Leave a comment

The Importance of Boring Sentences – Lincoln Michel QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I appreciate the value of the boring sentence. Not, I want to stress, a lot of boring sentences. I still roll my eyes at the type of writer (mostly older white … Continue reading

January 23, 2022 · 6 Comments

I have learned to trust in the ordinary darkness of a bedroom…says Doireann Ní Ghríofa QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Whenever my writing snarls itself into a tangle, I always take the same approach—I carry that horrible knot to bed and quench the lamp. Then, I wait. In the dark, … Continue reading

January 16, 2022 · 2 Comments

Why Books are just perfect – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable … Continue reading

January 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

Publishers Are Not Your Friends – from a publisher’s open rejection letter QUOTES FOR WRITERS

…all we can suggest is that you don’t trust publishers. They’re not your friends, and they’re not even that great at spotting what readers will like. If they reject your … Continue reading

January 2, 2022 · 2 Comments

…everything you want, you are already that…said Rumi, the 13th century Persian poet QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript of a divine letter. You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look … Continue reading

December 26, 2021 · 4 Comments

Writing slow “so that I can look back on what sort of botch I made…” William Glass QUOTES FOR WRITERS

..I write slowly because I write badly. I have to rewrite everything many, many times just to achieve mediocrity. Time can give you a good critical perspective, and I often … Continue reading

December 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

It’s a Shark-filled Lagoon Out There warns Margaret Atwood QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I wish you good writing and good luck. Even if you’ve already done the good writing, you’ll still need the good luck. It’s a shark-filled lagoon out there. Cross your … Continue reading

December 12, 2021 · 4 Comments

The Only Time to Write – Isabel Paterson QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The fact is writing can only be done during the time when one ought to be doing something else.Isabel Paterson Photo credit: Jonathan Francisca on Unsplash

December 5, 2021 · 5 Comments

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a writer? Mary McCarthy knew and we do too. QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The worst thing that can happen to a writer is to become a Writer.Mary McCarthy Image credit: THE PASSION OF CREATION, LEONID PASTERNAK Circa 1880.

November 28, 2021 · 5 Comments

“…Books hold most of the secrets of the world, most of the thoughts that men and women have had…” E.B.White on the benefits of joining a library QUOTES FOR WRITERS

A library is many things.  It’s a place to go, to get in out of the rain.  It’s a place to go if you want to sit and think.  But … Continue reading

November 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

Mostly, we authors must repeat ourselves – F. Scott Fitzgerald QUOTES FOR WRITERS

We have two or three great and moving experiences in our lives – experiences so great and moving that it doesn’t seem at the time anyone else has been so … Continue reading

November 7, 2021 · 4 Comments