BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

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) celebrating National Bookshop Week

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

Terry Pratchett on books and writing Quotes for Writers ( and people who like quotes)

Too many people want to have written. Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. The space between the young readers eyeballs and the printed page is a holy … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 9 Comments

Seven books that convinced me making up stories was a fine thing to do….

On Fridays I am returning to some of my favourite posts from the past. To paraphrase BBC radio: this is your chance to read again… Alice in Wonderland and Through … Continue reading

February 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Doris Lessing on the art of reading well — Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

“There is only one way to read, which is to browse in libraries and bookshops, picking up books that attract you, reading only those, dropping them when they bore you, … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · 4 Comments

Sue Townsend on the sex appeal of books — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“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

July 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Franz Kafka on the kind of books we should be reading QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow on the … Continue reading

June 22, 2014 · 2 Comments