BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Creative Writing Exercise Number 1 from the Archive

Want to write about the seriously wealthy but when you look out the window for inspiration the view is dominated by grey pebbledash and black bin liners spilling a week … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 3 Comments

How to use research in fiction – Stephen King QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you do need to do research because parts of your story deal with things about which you know little or nothing, remember that word back. That’s where research belongs: … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

A bursary for emerging writers – fiction and short stories

If you live or work in south east England – defined as Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, East Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey and West Sussex – think seriously about … Continue reading

March 25, 2015 · 3 Comments

Research in Fiction – re-discovering the miners’ strike. Guest Post from Laura Wilkinson, author of Public Battles, Private Wars

I’m delighted to be handing my blog over today to a gifted novelist whose latest novel shines a torch on women who were part of the miners’ strike in 1984 … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 6 Comments

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers — a writer’s research site

Tine Hreno is an author and creative consultant and she keeps her blog Writers in London in the 1890s as a place to record and share her  research on Oscar … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Does knowing what happens in the end spoil a story?

I’ve been looking back at old posts and I thought I’d share one I wrote two years ago (on a previous blog) after reading an interesting article in The Guardian. … Continue reading

August 6, 2013 · 6 Comments

Did you know these LITERARY NAMES were invented by authors?

This post is really about the dangers of being seduced by research. It all started with a tiny snippet of irrelevant information on twitter telling me that a popular girl’s … Continue reading

June 25, 2013 · 11 Comments

Quotes for writers and people who like quotes — Don’t kid yourself you are writing says E. L. Doctorow

Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you’re doing, none of that is writing. Writing is writing. Find out more about E. L. Doctorow … Continue reading

June 9, 2013 · Leave a comment