BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Why it’s good to be a writer…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Absence of occupation is not rest; A mind quite vacant is a mind distressed.William Cowper

December 23, 2018 · Leave a comment

The first line of a poem is the most important line, says Billy Collins QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There’s a lot of waiting around until something happens… there’s a kind of vigilance involved. I think what gets a poem going is an initiating line. Sometimes a first line … Continue reading

December 16, 2018 · 1 Comment

Nations depend on poetry and painting, said William Blake…Quotes for Writers

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.William Blake

December 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

How to write from your unique position in the universe… Advice from Barbara Kingsolver QUOTES FOR WRITERS

It’s no coincidence that a lot of writers are introverts. At some point in the life of a manuscript you’ll want to get feedback, but not while it’s in the … Continue reading

November 26, 2018 · 2 Comments

Lean on the delete key, says Barbara Kingsolver QUOTE FOR WRITERS

Revision is my favorite work, the part of the process when art really happens. Once you know where you’re going, you can back up and tilt every scene in just … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

“If I give myself just one constraint…suddenly I’m free” Sarah Viren on rejecting and accepting the restrictions of genre QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I am an essayist, not a poet, but that means nothing when I’m working on one line, trying to find or make a word that fits the sound and meat … Continue reading

November 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why the first draft just won’t do by Leonard Cohen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

My first thoughts are dull, are prejudiced, are poisonous. I find last thought, best thought. Leonard Cohen

November 4, 2018 · 4 Comments

Poetry is necessary…Adrienne Rich QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have never believed that poetry is an escape from history, and I do not think it is more, or less, necessary than food, shelter, health, education, decent working conditions. … Continue reading

October 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Why we need litrature – Ursula K. Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Literature is the operating instructions. The best manual we have. The most useful guide to the country we’re visiting, life. Ursula K. Le Guin

October 21, 2018 · 2 Comments

Three things are important if you want to write, says Madeleine L’Engle QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 7 Comments

“…remember how much we love the mere act of putting words on the page…” Lee Martin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In every workshop I teach, I pass along a single piece of writing advice. It comes from Isak Dinesen who encouraged writers to, “Write a little every day, without hope, … Continue reading

October 7, 2018 · 2 Comments

Why we can all read Chekhov and learn from him, says Francine prose QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You can pick up a volume of Chekhov’s stories and open it anywhere, and, no matter how well or poorly the Russian has been translated, you will probably have a … Continue reading

September 30, 2018 · 5 Comments

So, you’ve never earned a penny from your writing? Anne Lamott has some words of comfort QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I still encourage anyone who feels at all compelled to write to do so. I just try to warn people who hope to get published that publication is not all … Continue reading

September 23, 2018 · 5 Comments

Resist the urge to do housework, says Pat Barker. QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Keep your bum glued to the chair. It’s extraordinary how, if a piece of writing is going badly—and sometimes even when it’s going well—other activities become steadily more attractive. Not … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · 13 Comments