BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Celebrating the wonderful technology of a book – E.L.Doctorow QUOTES FOR WRITERS

A physical book is great technology if you think about it. Once it’s produced it doesn’t use up any energy, and if you take decent care of it, it will … Continue reading

August 16, 2020 · 4 Comments

…Books are patient where we are slow to understand…Carl Sagan QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and … Continue reading

June 21, 2020 · 2 Comments

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

One of the great advantages books have over films…Alan Moore QUOTES FOR WRITERS

In comics the reader is in complete control of the experience. They can read it at their own pace, and if there’s a piece of dialogue that seems to echo … Continue reading

March 10, 2019 · Leave a comment

Read Anything You Want. Just Read, says Matt Haig QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Read Emily Dickinson. Read Graham Greene. Read Italo Calvino. Read Maya Angelou. Read anything you want. Just read. Books are possibilities. They are Escape Routes. They give you options when … Continue reading

March 3, 2019 · 2 Comments

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