BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

“…a writer has the duty to be good, not lousy…” E.B. White QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A writer should concern himself with whatever absorbs his fancy, stirs his heart, and unlimbers his typewriter. I feel no obligation to deal with politics. I do feel a responsibility … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · 4 Comments

“I don’t think writer’s block actually exists…” Philipp Meyer QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I don’t think “writer’s block” actually exists. It’s basically insecurity — it’s your own internal critic turned up to a higher level than it’s supposed to be at that moment, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

“…writers who believe one word is as good as another…” Gore Vidal QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

Why Kate Atkinson isn’t a postmodern writer…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

The legacy of the fairy story in my brain is that everything will work out. In fiction it would be very hard for me, as a writer, to give a … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Mark Billingham on stepping back from writing…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Crime fiction is all about solving a series of problems and finding a way of getting through or round or over the walls you keep running into. So sometimes I … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fiction sets the record straight…David Baldacci QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Fiction is sort of a way to set the record straight, and let people at least believe that justice can be achieved and the right outcomes can occur. David Baldacci

August 7, 2016 · 1 Comment

ART QUOTES: What is an Artist?

Originally posted on THE REMODERN REVIEW:
Romare Bearden “Dream of Exile” If you’re any kind of artist, you make a miraculous journey, and you come back and make some statements…

June 28, 2016 · 2 Comments

The writer’s style – Robert Frost: Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Style is that which indicates how the writer takes himself and what he is saying. It is the mind skating circles around itself as it moves forward. Robert Frost

May 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

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

Short stories explode – novels smoke, says Paolo Bacigalupi Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Short fiction seems more targeted – hand grenades of ideas, if you will. When they work, they hit, they explode, and you never forget them. Long fiction feels more like … Continue reading

May 8, 2016 · 2 Comments

Five Quotes for Mother’s Day

…kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run. … Continue reading

March 6, 2016 · 2 Comments

A Short Story is a like a knife…Michael Swanwick Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

A short story…can be held in the mind all in one piece. It’s less like a building than a fiendish device. Every bit of it must be cunningly made and … Continue reading

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

You can write the best Valentine Day’s message ever…

Instead of a writing quote this Sunday, here is a quotation that will help you be orginal and witty and sincere (and still sound like you) Use Woody Allen as … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

What to do with your manuscript when it’s finished – David Mitchell. Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Send the thing out and forget it. Quickly get to work on the next thing. Don’t sit by the phone or watch your email. Don’t hope. You’ve done a big … Continue reading

January 31, 2016 · 6 Comments