BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

What you can do to books – Matt Haig QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

It is okay to dog ear pages. It is okay to draw in books. Doodles. Margin notes. Highlights. Books are to be interacted with, argued with, marked, loved. A book … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · 13 Comments

They’re all worth reading – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Every book you pick up has its own lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones. Stephen King

July 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

She would never be lonely again…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there … Continue reading

May 27, 2018 · 11 Comments

What books have taught me – James Baldwin QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented … Continue reading

May 13, 2018 · 4 Comments

…how to choose the form your story will take…Doris Lessing QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I see every book as a problem that you have to solve. That is what dictates the form you use. It’s not that you say, ‘I want to write a … Continue reading

December 17, 2017 · 7 Comments

Once you read a book you care about…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and readers)

Once you have read a book you care about, some part of it is always with you. Louis L’Amour What books are always with you? The first book that came … Continue reading

October 29, 2017 · 9 Comments

REVIEWS Writing article number 3 from the archive

Reviewers have probably never been so important. They have always been the life blood of an author’s career, but they are no longer the sole preserve of the ‘professional’, the … Continue reading

August 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

Why there will always be books with cardboard covers and paper pages – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

As Douglas Adams once pointed out to me, over twenty years before the Kindle showed up, a physical book is like a shark. Sharks are old: there were sharks in … Continue reading

May 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

So, the theory is that I don’t HAVE to read anything ever again…because I’m going to die

Over at Literary Hub, Emily Temple has worked out how many books you are likely to read before you die – combining life expectancy tables and working on the basis … Continue reading

April 24, 2017 · 10 Comments

Hemingway on what makes a writer – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Why books are better at slow motion than film….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Watching a scene from a film in slow motion is possible, but there’s an unreal air to it; reading a passage from a book slowly does nothing to rob the … Continue reading

July 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writers on bookshops and why we have to love them Quotes for Writers (and readers)

Word Power* is everything a book shop should be. It has a local bias, puts on interesting events, and is in a cool part of town. I like book shops … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

All Good Books are Alike…Ernest Hemingway Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 12 Comments