BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Get used to living with recurring, crippling doubt…Paul McVeigh QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

…get used to rejection. It happens to us all. I know writers who got rejected even after 4 or 5 novels already published. You will also have to get used … Continue reading

January 21, 2018 · 15 Comments

…Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared…Lydia Millet QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Yes, you need to put words on the page, but to qualify for the page those words must always interest you. For if not you, then whom? Writing should not … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 14 Comments

…be your most powerful self…Laini Taylor QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Be an unstoppable force. Write with an imaginary machete strapped to your thigh. This is not wishy-washy, polite, drinking-tea-with-your-pinkie-sticking-out stuff. It’s who you want to be, your most powerful self. … Continue reading

December 10, 2017 · 11 Comments

A writer shouldn’t know what he is talking about…Grace Paley QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One of the reasons writers are so much more interested in life than others who just go on living all the time is that what the writer doesn’t understand the … Continue reading

September 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

Auden on the silly question a writer is always asked…. QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A writer … is always being asked by people who should know better: “Whom do you write for?” The question is, of course, a silly one, but I can give … Continue reading

September 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

You need a motive to write & a bit of self-delusion…advice from a non-fiction author QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Three guidelines from American non-fiction writer Michael Lewis It’s always good to have a motive to get you in the chair. If your motive is money, find another one. I … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Stevie Smith explains why she didn’t write when she was happy – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Why does my Muse only speak when she is unhappy? She does not, I only listen when I am unhappy When I am happy I live and despise writing For … Continue reading

August 30, 2015 · 10 Comments

We are lonesome animals – John Steinbeck on why writers write: Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

A writer out of loneliness is trying to communicate like a distant star sending signals. He isn’t telling or teaching or ordering. Rather he seeks to establish a relationship of … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · 6 Comments