BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to turn into people on the page…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Inspiring pictures for Writers – Everyday Superhero by Eric Bowman

She’s real, isn’t she? And strong. And deserves to be the star of her own story. Eric Bowman is a self-taught artist from California who was a surfboard airbrush technician … Continue reading

December 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

When you and your main character are the same person…Celia Brayfield. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

There is is a kind of character burn-out which is more than just a temporary failure of invention. This happens when you project yourself too far into a character – … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Complete Character Masterclass – special offer

BEACH HUT WRITING ACADEMY PRESENTS: Under their skin: the complete character masterclass  This intensive workshop with a thriller author and a senior psychologist helps you to create compelling, convincing characters, … Continue reading

August 5, 2016 · 3 Comments

How to get your character right by Ethan Canin – Quotes for Wtiters (and people who like quotes)

Don’t write about a character. Become that character, and then write your story. ETHAN CANIN photo credit: Steven Pisano via photopin cc

February 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

Writing from the Dark Side: Jane Lythell talks about the flawed characters in her novels

Jane and I belong to the same group of authors – the Beach Hut Writers – and, although we’ve met before, we really got talking when we shared a table … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Do you know where Dickens got the character Scrooge from? It was a bit of mistake actually…

It is clear from any Dickens’ novel that the great man enjoyed names. His friend and biographer, John Forster, said that Dickens made “characters real existences, not by describing them … Continue reading

December 30, 2014 · 22 Comments

Monday creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week. Character study

You are in some kind of a waiting room: the accident and emergency department of a hospital, attending a job interview, waiting to be interviewed by the police after witnessing … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) characters

It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper … Continue reading

September 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) MAEVE BINCHY

In my stories, the ugly ducklings don’t grow up to be beautiful swans, they grow up to be confident ducks! Find out more about MAEVE BINCHY here Related articles Life … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · 2 Comments

N is for NAMING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS

FIVE RULES YOU PROBABLY SHOULDN’T BREAK 1)  If your character is based on a flesh and blood person make sure the name is radically different to their real life one. … Continue reading

April 16, 2013 · 11 Comments

G is for a GHOST CHARACTER

This is not a term for characters who happen to be dead…I have just discovered it is a phrase used by academics for characters who are listed in a Shakespeare … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · 6 Comments