BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

“…revision is where the work gets done…” Raven Leilani QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I don’t think I started writing anything good until I accepted that rejection is par for the course. It made me less precious. It made me realise that revision is … Continue reading

July 18, 2021 · 4 Comments

“…The first draft is meant to be discarded…” Walter Mosely QUOTES FOR WRITERS

The first draft is the jabber you forced on that blind date. She was hoping for someone to ask her what she was feeling, but all you said was, and … Continue reading

June 20, 2021 · 2 Comments

Lean on the delete key, says Barbara Kingsolver QUOTE FOR WRITERS

Revision is my favorite work, the part of the process when art really happens. Once you know where you’re going, you can back up and tilt every scene in just … Continue reading

November 18, 2018 · 2 Comments

Why the first draft just won’t do by Leonard Cohen QUOTES FOR WRITERS

My first thoughts are dull, are prejudiced, are poisonous. I find last thought, best thought. Leonard Cohen

November 4, 2018 · 4 Comments

Burn down the house – Ray Bradbury Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

This afternoon, burn down the house. Tomorrow, pour critical water upon the simmering coals. Time enough to think and cut and rewrite tomorrow. But today-explode-fly-apart-disintegrate! The other six or seven … Continue reading

April 12, 2015 · 5 Comments

Elizabeth Hein’s Route to Publication – a lesson in learning the craft, a lesson in not giving up or giving in…

I am very glad to hand over my blog today to Elizabeth Hein who lives in North Carolina. We have only met online  – but as a regular reader of … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

On writing a first chapter

Originally posted on Kathleen McGurl:
The first chapter of a novel is so important – it’s the first thing a reader, editor or agent sees, and if they don’t like…

June 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Reading like a Writer – what makes editors unhappy?

Actually this week it is reading like an editor because I am looking at Dawn Laker’s critique of Empress Orchid, a historical novel by Anchee Min. Dawn is half of … Continue reading

December 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Don’t rewrite until it’s all done……

Write freely and as rapidly as possible and throw the whole thing on paper. Never correct or rewrite until the whole thing is down. Rewrite in process is usually found … Continue reading

September 22, 2013 · 2 Comments