BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

What You Learn from Reading Aloud – David Perez QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Reading aloud engages the senses, makes us think of rhythm, narrative flow, and stillness; connects us with how our words truly sound. Reading aloud slows us down. When we read … Continue reading

March 13, 2022 · 11 Comments

Why Books are just perfect – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Books are the perfect entertainment: no commercials, no batteries, hours of enjoyment for each dollar spent. What I wonder is why everybody doesn’t carry a book around for those inevitable … Continue reading

January 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

Writing slow “so that I can look back on what sort of botch I made…” William Glass QUOTES FOR WRITERS

..I write slowly because I write badly. I have to rewrite everything many, many times just to achieve mediocrity. Time can give you a good critical perspective, and I often … Continue reading

December 19, 2021 · 4 Comments

In hard times we need writers who can be realists of a larger reality…says Ursula K. Le Guin QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive … Continue reading

January 13, 2019 · Leave a comment

They’re all worth reading – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Every book you pick up has its own lessons, and quite often the bad books have more to teach than the good ones. Stephen King

July 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

The advantage of being an older writer – Susan Hill QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Getting old has advantages as well as disadvantages. it may mean that you are freed from obligations – work, bringing up children, looking after older relatives – that left you … Continue reading

July 15, 2018 · 6 Comments

Leo Tolstoy on light and shadow QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

All the variety, all the charm, all the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow. Leo Tolstoy

June 17, 2018 · 2 Comments

This is what separates artists from ordinary people…Anne Lamott QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

You are lucky to be one of those people who wishes to build sand castles with words, who is willing to create a place where your imagination can wander. We … Continue reading

May 20, 2018 · 9 Comments

What fantasy can do for you – Terry Pratchett QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Terry Pratchett

October 8, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quotes Number 3 from the Archives

Aside from heavy drinking, the creation of lists is the most effective temporary form of anxiety relief that I know of, and, as a bonus, it’s substantially cheaper and results … Continue reading

August 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Writing Quote Number 1 from the Archives

If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an … Continue reading

August 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

What kind of creature is a short story writer? Author Joseph O’ Connor is certain of one thing…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

What kind of strange creature is a short story writer? I must confess that I don’t know. A high priest or priest of art? A wounded soul who can’t understand … Continue reading

July 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to turn into people on the page…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Don’t expect the puppets of your mind to become the people of your story. If they are not realities in your own mind, there is no mysterious alchemy in ink … Continue reading

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Where Stephen King gets his ideas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 2 Comments