BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

The Difference between a novelist and a writer of picture books…Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

If you are a novelist, I think you start out with a 20 word idea, and you work at it and you wind up with a 200,000 word novel. We, … Continue reading

April 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

Graham Greene on why short stories are perfect and novels aren’t – QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

With a novel, which takes perhaps years to write, the author is not the same man he was at the end of the book as he was at the beginning. … Continue reading

May 22, 2016 · 1 Comment

The novel combines freedom with intimacy says JANE SMILEY Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

To me as a reader, this greatest thing about the novel…is that it gives access to the mind of the writer. Our Mutual Friend is a perfect example of this: … Continue reading

December 6, 2015 · 3 Comments

…The supreme expression of story is the novel…Richard Flanagan, winner of 2014 Booker. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I do not share the pessimism of the age about the novel. They are one of our greatest spiritual, aesthetic and intellectual inventions. As a species it is story that … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

An international prize for unpublished novelists

I’ve just come across a new international prize for unpublished novelists. The Caledonian Novel Award 2015 is open to writers over the age of eighteen of any nationality and from … Continue reading

August 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

Did you know 80,000 novels are written every day…140 characters at a time

Over 400 million tweets are sent every day – that’s the equivalent of over 80,000 novels. Source Intel photo credit: Vainsang via photopin cc

July 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Scriptwriting can help solve plot problems in your novel and short story

Different writing disciplines aren’t locked into tight compartments. If you’re writing a novel I think it helps to read poetry for the richness of the language and the way it … Continue reading

September 21, 2012 · 4 Comments