BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

Originally posted on Cindy's Notebook:
A writer/author should make the manuscript the best it can be before sending it to the publisher.  This goes for both traditional published authors…

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

Reading like a Writer – what makes editors unhappy?

Actually this week it is reading like an editor because I am looking at Dawn Laker’s critique of Empress Orchid, a historical novel by Anchee Min. Dawn is half of … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

The one paragraph every writer should cut… Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The editors I had at The New Yorker quietly helped me in peculiar, small ways. One thing they taught me was the value of cutting out the last paragraph of … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Novelist Sally Koslow on tricking yourself into being a better writer and editor

Start keeping a list of words you tend to repeat: just, always, really, so, whatever. Print your work out more than once, changing fonts, to trick yourself into reading it … Continue reading

August 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

Everyone loves editing, dont they?

Originally posted on helencareybooks:
Everyone loves editing, don’t they? No? I’m astonished. What could be more enjoyable than giving yourself the opportunity to reread your wonderful prose and to hone…

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers THE BLOOD RED PENCIL

Safari = Swahili for long journey. I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a reader … Continue reading

April 5, 2013 · 1 Comment

Editing Your NaNoWriMo Novel THREE BITE SIZE GUIDES TO EDITING AND REVISING THE FIRST DRAFTpart 3

PART THREE (You can see parts One and Two as guest posts at The View Outside) Editing might be a bloody trade. But knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. … Continue reading

December 3, 2012 · 12 Comments

Editing Your NaNoWriMo Novel THREE BITE SIZE GUIDES TO EDITING AND REVISING THE FIRST DRAFT part 2

Show don’t tell is the command burnt into the heart of every creative writing student, but sometimes… …it’s ok to tell. Find out when and why in the second of … Continue reading

December 2, 2012 · 6 Comments