BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

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

BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL is out on Amazon

30 exercises 33,000 words An ebook you can download to your phone, your Ipad, your laptop, your PC…using this free app from Amazon HERE (and it is a doddle to … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · 15 Comments

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: IT’S SUMMER! do something different

Here in the UK it’s been a long grim winter and a grey-sky spring, but at long last the whole island can feel the sun’s warmth and wake up to … Continue reading

July 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

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

Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes) Anne Lamott

Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you … Continue reading

April 21, 2013 · Leave a comment