BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Writing Quote Number 4 from the Archive

I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quotes Number 3 from the Archives

Aside from heavy drinking, the creation of lists is the most effective temporary form of anxiety relief that I know of, and, as a bonus, it’s substantially cheaper and results … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

What do you call songwriters? Poets with music in their pen

“… when you’re talking about the music of a country, you’re talking more or less about the soundtrack of a country, the soundtrack by which people’s lives are lived,” Tyehimba … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · 5 Comments

Writing Quote Number 2 from the Archive

It is well known that a woman can be in two places at once, at her desk and her washing machine… Sylvia Townsend Warner

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Writing Quote Number 1 from the Archives

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 7 from the Archive

When I’m teaching I often use this exercise in the first week of term and I thought others might like to try it. Varying the length of a sentence is … Continue reading

August 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 6 from the Archive

We need to make the most of the summer so today’s exercise is very simple: go outside to write whenever you have the chance. But do it in a way … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · 4 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 5 from the Archive

Bestselling crime writer Elmore Leonard, who died last month aged 87, had 10 Rules for Writing. Number three was Never use a verb other than “said” to carry dialogue. The … Continue reading

August 6, 2017 · 2 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 4 from the Archive

This is a lucky dip romance…. Pick your numbers and you’ll have your two characters and what brings them together…but no scrolling! It’s much more fun if you do this … Continue reading

August 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 3 from the Archive

A very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

International Nonfiction Essay Competition

As the oldest literary and arts review in the UK, The London Magazine has a long history of publishing great essayists; works by the likes of T.S. Eliot can be found … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 2 from the Archives

THE BLUE MAN OPENED HIS EYES AND SAID….  I took the photograph in Mill Cove House in Castletownbere, West Cork in 2010. The art gallery and cafe are surrounded by … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 1 from the Archive

Want to write about the seriously wealthy but when you look out the window for inspiration the view is dominated by grey pebbledash and black bin liners spilling a week … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

International grants for writers and artists with children

The Sustainable Arts Foundation is offering $5000 awards to writers and artists with children. The money can be used for costs such as child care, workspaces, new equipment, research and travel. The Sustainable … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · 3 Comments