BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

When we buy ebooks and When it has to be print…

At Nielsen Book’s annual conference (Nielsen are the people who count books worldwide) it was reported that many readers in Britain and the US buy both print and digital books … Continue reading

April 8, 2015 · 10 Comments

Gabriel García Márquez on the origins of the very first fiction story – Quotes for Writers (and People who like Quotes)

Fiction was invented when Jonah arrived home and told his wife he was three days late because he’d been swallowed by a whale. ― Gabriel García Márquez photo credit: Rob Hughes … Continue reading

May 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Getting the Opening Write

Originally posted on The Proof Angel:
We assess people in the first few moments after meeting them. The same is true of writing. Whether it is a novel, an email…

May 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is this the month self-publishing becomes respectable in the UK?

The Guardian newspaper has joined with publisher Legend Times to offer a monthly literary prize to the best self-published novels written in the English language – translations are also eligible. … Continue reading

April 24, 2014 · 23 Comments

International Writing Competition about Australia

The Stringybark Short Story Award 2013 is now open.  They accept every genre — the only catch is that your story must have some link to Australia. Length: maximum 1500 … Continue reading

December 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

THREE ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS IN A GHOST STORY

From the archives – as I am in the middle of assignment season. I wrote this post in November 2010 and November  seems the right month for ghost stories. Here … Continue reading

November 27, 2013 · 4 Comments

First official UK ebook chart

If you’ve ever wondered how ebook sales compare with ‘real’ books The Bookseller – a London based magazine for the book trade that’s been going since Dickens was in his … Continue reading

August 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

International fiction and non fiction writing competition — open to self published authors

Just heard about the Santa Fe Writers Project. Excuse me while I pause for a moment to savour those words. Santa Fe. Isn’t that the sound of the thundering herd? … Continue reading

July 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: getting in the mood to write FLASH FICTION

None of these exercise ideas might actually produce a flash fiction story you would want to call your own, but I hope they get you into the mood for writing … Continue reading

May 27, 2013 · 8 Comments

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week — Fact into Fiction

Anyone who survives beyond the age of twelve has enough fictional material for the rest of her life. Flannery O’Connor  Take an event from your own or a family member’s … Continue reading

April 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

The difference between fiction and non fiction

Over on  The View Outside Vikki’s written about a recent research session at the Faber Academy where novelist and Guardian writer Susie Steiner gave a pretty good definition of the … Continue reading

November 14, 2012 · 9 Comments

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week TURNING FACT INTO FICTION

Anyone who survives beyond the age of twelve has enough fictional material for the rest of her life. Flannery O’Connor Take an event from your own or a family member’s … Continue reading

November 12, 2012 · 1 Comment