BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Most stories we tell are under 500 words….Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

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

January 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

New Year quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Neil Gaiman I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, … Continue reading

January 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

Beginning with a sense of dread and trepidation: Susan Sontag Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I always begin with a great sense of dread and trepidation. Nietzsche says that the decision to start writing is like leaping into a cold lake. Only when I’m about … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

What a good short story should do — Alice Munro Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I want my stories to be something about life that causes people to say, not, oh, isn’t that the truth, but to feel some kind of reward from the writing, … Continue reading

November 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Not everyone can – or should – be a ballet dancer or a writer – Joanne Harris Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

The truth is, not everyone can – or should – be a writer, in the same way that not everyone can or should be an accountant, or a ballet dancer, … Continue reading

November 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

The difference between poetry and prose – Philip Larkin Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

If you tell a novelist, ‘Life’s not like that’, he has to do something about it. The poet simply replies, ‘No, but I am.’ Philip Larkin photo credit: Background_1 via … Continue reading

October 25, 2015 · 4 Comments

Writing at my own speed – Sarah Waters Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

I hate the idea of being paid for a book before I’ve written it, I’d rather be writing it at my own speed. I am quite disciplined as a writer … Continue reading

September 27, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writers on bookshops and why we have to love them Quotes for Writers (and readers)

Word Power* is everything a book shop should be. It has a local bias, puts on interesting events, and is in a cool part of town. I like book shops … Continue reading

June 28, 2015 · 9 Comments

Writers: don’t think of it as rejection – Barbara Kingsolver Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

This manuscript of yours that has just come back from another editor is a precious package. Don’t consider it rejected. Consider that you’ve addressed it ‘to the editor who can … Continue reading

May 31, 2015 · 11 Comments

All Good Books are Alike…Ernest Hemingway Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to … Continue reading

April 26, 2015 · 12 Comments

What women writers are expected to do…quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

It is well known that a woman can be in two places at once, at her desk and her washing machine… Sylvia Townsend Warner photo credit: Socks via photopin (license)

April 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

There are a lot of myths about writing, says Sci Fi writer David Brin – ignore them all. Quotes for Writers (and for people who like quotes)

The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment

Terry Pratchett on books and writing Quotes for Writers ( and people who like quotes)

Too many people want to have written. Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one. The space between the young readers eyeballs and the printed page is a holy … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 9 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