BRIDGET WHELAN writer

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“…writers who believe one word is as good as another…” Gore Vidal QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 2 Comments

DO YOU KNOW where the word spam comes from?

An actor named Kenneth Daigneau won a competition to name the new tinned meat product. His suggestion is supposed to be a blend of spiced and ham. Then, in the 1970s, the … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

8 Tips for Editing a Manuscript

Originally posted on Cindy's Notebook:
A writer/author should make the manuscript the best it can be before sending it to the publisher.  This goes for both traditional published authors…

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why Talking Was Invented (maybe)

On Fridays I am returning to some of my favourite posts from the past. To paraphrase BBC radio: this is your chance to read again… This comes from April 2013 … Continue reading

March 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

“Language, as a vehicle, is a lemon…” Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

We writers aren’t sculpting in DNA, or even clay or mud, but words, sentences, paragraphs, syntax, voice; materials issued by tongue or fingertips but which upon release dissolve into the … Continue reading

February 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

RESPECT WORDS, WORDS, WORDS…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Every word is unique Respect words, be they printed or spoken Complex or simple, extravagant or lowly The manner in which they are delivered Speaks of us. HENRY PLUCKROSE in … Continue reading

December 15, 2013 · 7 Comments

Mums and magic, Dogs and super hero Dads feature in national writing competition for children

This is the third year of BBC Radio Two’s writing competition for children aged 13 and under. It’s called 500 Words and over 90,000 entries were received. 90,000! Lexicographers at … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

MONDAY creative writing exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: a happy exercise

It’s been a grim, grey winter. The longest I remember but today is a holiday in the UK and the sun is shining (two things that rarely coincide) so this … Continue reading

May 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

DID YOU KNOW that the word pupil…

… as in pupil of the eye was originally a metaphor, not a factual term.  The Latin word pupilla means  a little doll and was used because you can see … Continue reading

April 9, 2013 · 2 Comments

SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers WORLD WIDE WORDS

Safari = Swahili for long journey. I am on the look out for anything accessible from a keyboard that educates, entertains, intrigues, raises a smile. Anything that helps a reader … Continue reading

March 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

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