BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

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

Friday Picture Writing Prompt – who knows where it will take you

This book changed a life….

July 2, 2021 · 3 Comments

Where is the Man I Married? Brighton’s Regency Housekeeper listens to a young wife’s pleas

Mrs Finnegan – purveyor of wisdom and SAGE of the serving classes – is housekeeper at The Regency Town House in Brunswick Square, Brighton. People warned me against marrying my … Continue reading

April 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Mentor Award Scheme for Emerging Writers of Colour

The Royal Society of Literature are joining forces with Sky Arts to launch a new set of Awards to celebrate and nurture British writers of colour at the beginnings of their careers. Five … Continue reading

February 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

Magic Realism: it’s not just a fairytale moment – Salman Rushdie QUOTES FOR WRITERS

When people use the term magic realism, usually they only mean ‘magic’ and they don’t hear ‘realism’, whereas the way in which magic realism actually works is for the magic … Continue reading

January 24, 2021 · 4 Comments

BRIGHTON’S REGENCY HOUSEKEEPER flies in the face of CONVENTION when it comes to MARMALADE (and other important matters)

Mrs Finnegan, housekeeper of The Regency Town House and advice giver to multitudes,  does not actually court controversary, but does ask it to wipe its feet and sit down. BREAKFAST is … Continue reading

January 5, 2021 · 2 Comments

How to wash a Handkerchief and other important questions – ANSWERS from MRS FINNEGAN the celebrated Brighton housekeeper from the 1830s

An email flooded in this week from a London “milkman” and Mrs Finnegan, the Celebrated Authority in affairs of the HEART and HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT, isn’t entirely sure what to make … Continue reading

September 8, 2020 · Leave a comment

Be Paid to Write about Your Own Experiences of Food Poverty in Britain

Jack Monroe, the award winning food writer and anti-poverty campaigner is  putting together a book on austerity and hunger in Britain, focusing on the last ten years. She and the … Continue reading

September 4, 2020 · 3 Comments

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

A screenplay…is merely the scaffolding for a building someone else is going to build – John Irving QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There is no (literary) language in a screenplay. (For me, dialogue doesn’t count as language.) What passes for language in a screenplay is rudimentary, like the directions for assembling a … Continue reading

April 19, 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 · 5 Comments

Read Iris Murdoch on words: “the ultimate…stuff of our moral being” QUOTES FOR WRITERS

THERE IS NO DOUBT which art is the most practically important for our survival and our salvation, and that is literature. Words constitute the ultimate texture and stuff of our … Continue reading

January 5, 2020 · 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

Half Day Writing Workshop in the home of a bestselling novelist – only £40 if you book early

This is a big, bold advertisement – as big and as bold as I get anyway – because I wanted to let you know that we are offering a 20% … Continue reading

October 7, 2019 · Leave a comment