BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

MY BOOKS by an author who would love to see his own novels burnt and never ever re-reads…First lines, first books, first literary loves….and more

I have been writing crime as PD Viner (www.pdviner.com) and have two novels; The Last Winter of Dani Lancing (see Bridget’s review at the bottom of this post) and Summer … Continue reading

September 12, 2018 · Leave a comment

WHAT IS A SHORT STORY? Writing Article Number 2 from the Archive

Someone asked me recently to define a short story. I could understand her difficulty because it’s much easier to say what’s it’s not. It’s not an idea that could have … Continue reading

August 24, 2017 · 8 Comments

A Writer doesn’t need tricks…Raymond Carver: Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I hate tricks. At the first sign of a trick or gimmick in a piece of fiction, a cheap trick or even an elaborate trick, I tend to look for … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · 4 Comments

What is a short story?

Someone asked me recently to define a short story. I could understand her difficulty because it’s much easier to say what’s it’s not. It’s not an idea that could have … Continue reading

August 17, 2013 · 29 Comments

A lesson in not taking anything for granted…

I wrote this post a couple of years ago when the American magazine POETS & WRITERS was celebrating its 40th birthday by publishing articles from its archive. I was intrigued … Continue reading

May 7, 2013 · 4 Comments

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) RAYMOND CARVER

…all we have, finally, (is) the words, and they had better be the right ones, with the punctuation in the right places so that they best say what they are … Continue reading

December 9, 2012 · Leave a comment