BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

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

Editing your NaNoWriMo novel THREE BITE SIZE GUIDES TO EDITING AND REVISING THE FIRST DRAFT part 1

Despite my own less than fantastic word count in this year’s NaNoWriMo, Viki over at The View Outside has asked me to write about editing your NaNoWriMo novel. (Actually the … Continue reading

December 1, 2012 · 15 Comments