BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Memory isn’t a storage room or a tool…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Is memory produced by us, or is it us? Our identity is very likely whatever our memory decides to retain. But let’s not presume that memory is a storage room. … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

“Poetry is part of everything… ” QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Poetry is part of everything. You can’t have a really good work if it’s not touched by poetry. Poetry manifests itself in millions of ways: as rhythm, metaphor, mood. Sometimes … Continue reading

September 3, 2017 · 1 Comment

WRITING QUOTE number 7 from the archive

Most stories we tell in real life are under 500 words. You’re at a party, everyone has a glass of wine, and suddenly you have the floor. You throw out … Continue reading

August 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Writing Quote Number 4 from the Archive

I’ve always loved books. I’m passionate about them. I think books are sexy. They are smooth and solid and contain delightful surprises. They smell good. They fit into a handbag … Continue reading

August 12, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quote Number 2 from the Archive

It is well known that a woman can be in two places at once, at her desk and her washing machine… Sylvia Townsend Warner

August 10, 2017 · 2 Comments

Mary Wollstonecraft on Imagination QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The imagination is the true fire, stolen from heaven, to animate this cold creature of clay, producing all those fine sympathies that lead to rapture, rendering men social by expanding their … Continue reading

June 11, 2017 · 9 Comments

Why great novels are dangerous – Julian Barnes QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I think a great book—leaving aside other qualities such as narrative power, characterization, style, and so on—is a book that describes the world in a way that has not been … Continue reading

February 12, 2017 · 4 Comments

Accept bad writing…Jennifer Egan QUOTES FOR WRITERS(and people who like quotes)

You can only write regularly if you’re willing to write badly… Accept bad writing as a way of priming the pump, a warm-up exercise that allows you to write well … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 1 Comment

…Writing is showbusiness for shy people…Lee Child QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I always wanted to be in the world of entertainment. I just love the idea of an audience being happy with what I am doing. Writing is showbusiness for shy … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · 7 Comments

How to deal with the problems of writing a novel – H.G. Wells QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you are in difficulties with a book, try the element of surprise: attack it at an hour when it isn’t expecting it. H.G. Wells

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Salvador Dali’s precise definition of a cliche QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot. Salvador Dali

October 9, 2016 · 1 Comment

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

You have to follow what the book needs says E.A.Bucchianeri Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

…The Book is more important than your plans for it. You have to go with what works for The Book – if your ideas appear hollow or forced when they … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

Gabriel Garcia Marquez on what gave him permission to write…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read ‘The Metamorphosis’. … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 2 Comments