BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

How to find inspiration – Anne Tyler QUOTES FOR WRITERS

…the novelist Anne Tyler likes to keep the windows open to hear ordinary life outside. She writes in longhand, then types her words out, then records her words, listens to them, and … Continue reading

September 22, 2019 · 3 Comments

Writers should be wracked with guilt and self-hatred – Harlan Coben QUOTES FOR WRITERS

There are days you just can’t write. Fill them with self-loathing. What, snowflake, you wanted me to tell you it’s okay to feel this way? It’s not. On the days … Continue reading

August 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

Why Writers Should Work Out….QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I find that the hardest work of my writing is done in my subconscious brain, somewhere in the back of my skull far out of the reach of my control. … Continue reading

August 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Barbara Kingsolver’s advice on writer’s block… QUOTES FOR WRITERS

It doesn’t matter how many books I’ve published, starting the next one always feels as daunting as the first. A day comes when I just have to make a deal … Continue reading

January 6, 2019 · 3 Comments

Resist the urge to do housework, says Pat Barker. QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Keep your bum glued to the chair. It’s extraordinary how, if a piece of writing is going badly—and sometimes even when it’s going well—other activities become steadily more attractive. Not … Continue reading

September 16, 2018 · 13 Comments

Why writers get blocked (sometimes) – Annie Dillard QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

When you are stuck in a book; when you are well into writing it, and know what comes next, and yet cannot go on; when every morning for a week … Continue reading

August 26, 2018 · Leave a comment

Poets can wait for inspiration, novelists can’t – Neil Gaiman QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you only write when you’re inspired you may be a fairly decent poet, but you’ll never be a novelist because you’re going to have to make your word count … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 1 Comment

“A blank page is also a door…” David Mitchell QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A blank page is also a door — it contains infinity, like a night sky with a supermoon really close to the Earth, with all the stars and the galaxies, … Continue reading

October 30, 2016 · 1 Comment

“I don’t think writer’s block actually exists…” Philipp Meyer QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

I don’t think “writer’s block” actually exists. It’s basically insecurity — it’s your own internal critic turned up to a higher level than it’s supposed to be at that moment, … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Coal miners don’t get coal miners’ block” John Green’s Dad — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

I delete about 90% of my first drafts…so it doesn’t really matter much if on a particular day I write beautiful and brilliant prose that will stick in the minds … Continue reading

September 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Given up on a novel or a memoir? Need a manuscript MOT? Join me on a Saturday workshop and get back on the road…

It started so well. Your word count was rising and your creative satnav was set to ‘go’. And then around chapter four, you lost your way and ground to a … Continue reading

September 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

The best place to write – J.K.Rowling Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

It’s no secret that the best place to write, in my opinion, is in a café. You don’t have to make your own coffee, you don’t have to feel like … Continue reading

June 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Can’t write? Do the housework instead – Chuck Palahniuk Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Alternating the thoughtful task of writing with the mindless work of laundry or dish washing will give you the breaks you need for new ideas and insights to occur. If … Continue reading

May 18, 2014 · 4 Comments

Steinbeck on how to write even when you know you can’t. Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“When I face the desolate impossibility of writing five hundred pages, a sick sense of failure falls on me, and I know I can never do it. Then gradually, I … Continue reading

January 19, 2014 · 1 Comment