BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Why we turn to fiction…Arundhati Roy QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fiction is truth. You turn to fiction when you can’t express reality with footnotes and evidence and reportage. Arundhati Roy Advertisements

February 4, 2018 · 2 Comments

Capturing the feel of being there… ART FOR WRITERS

New York Street with Moon seems an approriate picture for a week where the moon has been so much in the news. I didn’t see the blue moon, the blood … Continue reading

February 2, 2018 · 5 Comments

Happy Celtic Spring

February 1 celebrates the first signs of spring in the old Celtic calender of festivals. The word Imbolc means  in the belly referring to the pregnancy of ewes and the … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · 2 Comments

A lot of things are easier and more fun than writing, says Stephen Sondheim QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I write with soft pencils because you get to spend more time sharpening the pencil, which is easier and more fun than writing. STEPHEN SONDHEIM

January 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Get lost in a watercolour and emerge with your own work of art ART FOR WRITERS

I was struck by this watercolour by the American artist Sarah Yeoman and her imagination-stiring title I Once Was Lost. The literary term for writing that reflects on a work … Continue reading

January 26, 2018 · 4 Comments

Get used to living with recurring, crippling doubt…Paul McVeigh QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

…get used to rejection. It happens to us all. I know writers who got rejected even after 4 or 5 novels already published. You will also have to get used … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 15 Comments

The almost accidental photograph that left an indelible impression …ART FOR WRITERS

Once seen this photograph is never forgotten. Taken in 1936, it stands alongside Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath in revealing the terrible human consequences of a failed economic policy. As the … Continue reading

January 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Let’s write a chain story – your turn

Haven’t done this in ages, but I’m hoping this will be a good start to the week. The rules are simple: the story starts with my opening below. You fill … Continue reading

January 15, 2018 · 12 Comments

Beautiful art…was created by human beings just like you… Maya Angelou QUOTE FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, … Continue reading

January 14, 2018 · 17 Comments

Learning how to be truly individual with Leonora Carrington ART FOR WRITERS

This painting is of the Giantess, (or The Guardian of the Egg)  by Leonora Carrington. She lived a rich and varied life – from being presented at court as a young debutante … Continue reading

January 12, 2018 · 2 Comments

Would you love to work for a Literary Agent? Or do you have a different kind of dream…?

You don’t see job adverts for literary assistants very often so when I saw this one from a major London Literary Agent on twitter today I thought it was worth … Continue reading

January 10, 2018 · 6 Comments

…Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared…Lydia Millet QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Yes, you need to put words on the page, but to qualify for the page those words must always interest you. For if not you, then whom? Writing should not … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 14 Comments

The power of telling stories…ART FOR WRITERS

This mural is by Fintan Magee, an Australian artist known for his murals throughout  the world. This is a partial list of his public art, but as it doesn’t include … Continue reading

January 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

“You just have got to be brave enough to start…” Tom Stoppard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I feel that when I began writing, I had a need to know more about the play before I got into it. I think that’s the way I was thinking. … Continue reading

December 31, 2017 · 10 Comments