BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Grab a bargain for a little while longer : in 6 days the price is going back to normal…

Back in March I cut the price of my popular paperback guide from £6.99 to a straightforward £4 and wrote this on my Amazon page. HUGE PRICE CUT because creativity … Continue reading

July 10, 2020 · Leave a comment

START THE WEEK with a creative writing exercise and your main character is drunk…

Write two versions of the same scene. The setting is a work place and the main character is someone who turns up very, very drunk. First version: write in the … Continue reading

May 25, 2020 · Leave a comment

START THE WEEK with a Creative Writing Exercise

A very straightforward creative writing exercise …all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. To … Continue reading

May 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 6 from the Archive

We need to make the most of the summer so today’s exercise is very simple: go outside to write whenever you have the chance. But do it in a way … Continue reading

August 7, 2017 · 4 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 3 from the Archive

A very straightforward creative writing exercise today…all you have to do is write and keep on writing until you’ve managed to incorporate all the words on the scrabble board. (Did … Continue reading

August 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

Creative Writing Exercise Number 2 from the Archives

THE BLUE MAN OPENED HIS EYES AND SAID….  I took the photograph in Mill Cove House in Castletownbere, West Cork in 2010. The art gallery and cafe are surrounded by … Continue reading

August 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

Creative Writing Exercise Number 1 from the Archive

Want to write about the seriously wealthy but when you look out the window for inspiration the view is dominated by grey pebbledash and black bin liners spilling a week … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

Summer Sale! Creative Writing Guide only 99p/ 99 cent

Because the sun is shining. Because I haven’t had the central heating on for, oh, at least a week. Because the days are still growing longer (northern hemisphere only). Until … Continue reading

June 10, 2016 · Leave a comment

Why my new writing class is a drop-in

I’m confident that my new afternoon writing class will appeal to both those with experience looking for an opportunity to mix with others in a creative atmosphere and people who … Continue reading

April 23, 2016 · 6 Comments

Writing a chain story together – your turn

I’m not teaching at the moment – I said goodbye to the funny, talented and very creative class on Beach Hut Writing Academy’s course Write a Prize Winning Story last … Continue reading

November 9, 2015 · 30 Comments

In college, at work, retired? Remember you can always go Back to Creative Writing School

I had a lot of fun playing around with PHOTOFUNIA, an online picture editing tool that has just celebrated its eight birthday. It lets you produce imaginative and wish fulfilment … Continue reading

September 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Writing Exercise from the archives: Historical Fiction

This is straightforward lucky dip. Choose two numbers – both have to be between one and ten. The first number gives you a personal event and the second a historical … Continue reading

August 25, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing Exercise from the Archives: connect three pictures…and suddenly you have a story

Don’t censor yourself just write. Don’t cross out. Just write. Try to keep your hand moving across the page or the keyboard. A lot of what you are going to … Continue reading

August 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Writing Exercise from the Archives BREAKFAST

Your subject — what you ate this morning. Compare it with other breakfasts you’ve known: childhood breakfasts, breakfasts with lovers, breakfasts with children, breakfasts in greasy spoon cafes, in chic … Continue reading

August 14, 2015 · 2 Comments