BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

The Valley of Failure is where Writers hang out…Julian Gough QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Hey, see the Mountain of Success, way over there? The only way to get to it is through the Valley of Failure. There is no other way. It’s a peculiarity … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

When to Start the Second Draft – John Niven QUOTES FOR WRITERS

You definitely need space between the first and second draft. I’d recommend a couple of months…Because if you start the second draft when you’ve immediately finished the first one, it’s … Continue reading

December 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

I’m a very ruthless critic of my own work…Bernardine Evaristo QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have to be inside the work and also looking at it from the outside as much as you can when you’re creating it yourself. So I’m a very ruthless … Continue reading

December 6, 2020 · 2 Comments

Saturday Afternoon Writing Workshop with lunch (and early bookers get a free copy of my writing guide)

This is a first. I’ve taught in all kinds of places: art galleries and university lecture theatres, under a Mediterranean sun and in cold church halls, but never before in … Continue reading

June 14, 2019 · Leave a comment

I’ve just discovered an excellent guide to writing dialogue and I can’t keep it to myself…

I come across many how-to write articles online and you probably do as well. Some are rule-bound and dogmatic and are usually written by bloggers who don’t have any publishing … Continue reading

October 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

“…you can almost always make something better by making it shorter…” Keith Gessen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I once heard George Saunders tell a story about being edited at the New Yorker, where his editor kept asking him to cut a highly precise number of lines—18 lines, … Continue reading

September 9, 2018 · 2 Comments

H.G.Wells on the strongest passion of all QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

No Passion in the World Is Equal to the Passion to Alter Someone Else’s Draft H.G. Wells

March 4, 2018 · Leave a comment

8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

Originally posted on Black Lilac Kitty Book Reviews:
A writer/author should make the manuscript the best it can be before sending it to the publisher.  This goes for both traditional…

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Burn down the house – Ray Bradbury Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

This afternoon, burn down the house. Tomorrow, pour critical water upon the simmering coals. Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today-explode-fly-apart-disintegrate! The other six or seven … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

A bitter lesson for writers – Thomas Wolfe Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

What I had to face, the very bitter lesson that everyone who wants to write has got to learn, was that a thing may in itself be the finest piece … Continue reading

December 14, 2014 · 2 Comments

The clock is ticking….only four days left to enter this international writing competition

The August 31st writing competition deadline for Hysteria 2014 is approaching fast. Some writers need the adrenaline of a closing date hovering above their computer to kickstart their writing…. but if  … Continue reading

August 28, 2014 · 1 Comment

On writing a first chapter

Originally posted on Kathleen McGurl:
The first chapter of a novel is so important – it’s the first thing a reader, editor or agent sees, and if they don’t like…

June 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Dr Johnson on editing – quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

From The Life of Samuel Johnson by James Boswell Miss Adams: “Do you think, Sir, you could make your Ramblers better?” Johnson: “Certainly I could.” Boswell: “I’ll lay a bet, … Continue reading

May 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — a selection of some of the best from last year

Here’s a small sample of the websites and online resources I discovered in 2013. They demonstrate what a generous lot writers are – here are places you can learn your … Continue reading

January 3, 2014 · Leave a comment