BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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International humour competition

In honour of the man beloved by quotation compilers, Mark Twain House and Musuem are running the third annual writing competition. You don’t have to write in the style of … Continue reading

May 19, 2016 · 19 Comments

How to write sound – putting an accent on the page

The way we use language differs depending on whether we are speaking it or writing it and that difference has to come across on the page. But what about how … Continue reading

September 8, 2015 · 8 Comments

International Humour Writing competition in honour of Mark Twain

Against the assault of Laughter nothing can stand  — Mark Twain This is the second annual competition organised to raise funds for the Mark Twain House and Museum in Connecticut USA … Continue reading

May 13, 2015 · 6 Comments

My Six Favourite Literary Insults

It’s not all elegant sentences and good taste in the literary world…sometimes words can wound and sometimes they can bite back… Mark Twain on Jane Austen I haven’t any right to … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 21 Comments

Mark Twain on writing for nothing — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“Write without pay until somebody offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this circumstance with the most implicit confidence as the sign that sawing … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY CREATIVE WRITING EXERCISE because it’s a good way to start the week DIALOGUE: ACCENTS

One of the first things you need to consider when writing dialogue is the vocabulary and the way it is expressed. Does it fit the age, education and experience of … Continue reading

January 28, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) MARK TWAIN

When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them — then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close … Continue reading

October 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

Ever written a one star Amazon review?

Ever been so riled by a book you just had to let the world know?  Over at The New Yorker writer Bob Odenkirk reckons it’s the best way of making … Continue reading

October 4, 2012 · 6 Comments