BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Lean on the delete key, says Barbara Kingsolver QUOTE FOR WRITERS

Revision is my favorite work, the part of the process when art really happens. Once you know where you’re going, you can back up and tilt every scene in just … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 1 Comment

Why the first draft just won’t do by Leonard Cohen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

My first thoughts are dull, are prejudiced, are poisonous. I find last thought, best thought. Leonard Cohen

November 4, 2018 · 4 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

ART FOR WRITERS Description doesn’t have to be realistic to be real…Picture number 6 from the archive

Looking at this wonderful seascape, I am reminded of the words of American novelist E.L. Doctorow: “Good writing is supposed to evoke sensation in the reader—not the fact that it … Continue reading

August 21, 2017 · 3 Comments

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

“Coal miners don’t get coal miners’ block” John Green’s Dad — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I delete about 90% of my first drafts…so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose that will stick in the minds … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · 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

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