BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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Where Stephen King gets his ideas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

So where do the ideas—the salable ideas—come from? They come from my nightmares. Not the night-time variety, as a rule, but the ones that hide just beyond the doorway that … Continue reading

January 22, 2017 · 2 Comments

Writing is Magic…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

You just don’t get it, do you?

Stephen King – who only joined twitter at the beginning of December – used this new method of chatting with fans to discuss cliches in movies. He suggests that the … Continue reading

December 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

Reading like a Writer — Suspense

Suspense is perhaps the most important element that keeps readers turning the page or viewers glued to the cinema or television screen. Wanting to know what happens next seems to … Continue reading

November 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

The last ever Monday creative writing exercise. WHAT’S THE WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN?

This is the very last Monday creative writing exercise so I thought I’d go out with a smile. (I’ll explain why I’m dropping this feature in another post today .) … Continue reading

October 7, 2013 · 5 Comments

Safari Friday searching the web for writers and readers GETTING FEEDBACK

A couple of years ago, a very talented student complained after class that it was hard to find anyone to give feedback on her writing. She wasn’t having a pop … Continue reading

July 12, 2013 · 1 Comment

Quotes for Writers and people who like quotes STEPHEN KING on why bad writing is good for you

What could be more encouraging to the struggling writer than to realize his/her work is unquestionably better than that of someone who actually got paid for his/her stuff? One learns … Continue reading

June 30, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) STEPHEN KING

Description is what makes the reader a sensory participant in the story. Good description is a learned skill, one of the prime reasons why you cannot succeed unless you read … Continue reading

March 24, 2013 · 9 Comments

DID YOU KNOW about these famous rejections?

Towards the end of a course I often remind students that there are people who  go to bed every night knowing that they once held the manuscript of Harry Potter … Continue reading

December 4, 2012 · 6 Comments

Quotations for Writers (and people who like quotations) STEPHEN KING

I have never felt like I was creating anything. For me, writing is like walking through a desert and all at once, poking up through the hardpan, I see the … Continue reading

November 18, 2012 · Leave a comment