BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Ray Bradbury’s Definition of Plot QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Remember: Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinationsRay Bradbury Photo by Josh Hild on Unsplash

July 12, 2020 · 2 Comments

Fred East reveals why Show Don’t Tell is good advice…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

If you tell the reader that Bull Beezley is a brutal-faced, loose-lipped bully, with snake’s blood in his veins, the reader’s reaction may be, ‘Oh, yeah!’ But if you show … Continue reading

July 5, 2020 · 2 Comments

“…Writing is not figure skating or skiing…”warns Paul Theroux QUOTES FOR WRITERS

Notice how many of the Olympic athletes effusively thanked their mothers for their success? “She drove me to my practice at four in the morning,” etc. Writing is not figure … Continue reading

February 16, 2020 · Leave a comment

Advice to young writers from playwright and screenwriter Lilian Hellman QUOTES FOR WRITERS

They’re fancy talkers about themselves, writers. If I had to give young writers advice, I would say don’t listen to writers talking about writing or themselves. Lillian Hellman

June 23, 2019 · 3 Comments

A blatant plug for a facebook page

I don’t often mention my facebook page Back to Creative Writing School but I realised that perhaps I should when a loyal follower of this blog contacted me in dismay … Continue reading

March 8, 2019 · 3 Comments

Maybe a good writer doesn’t need…QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I believe myself that a good writer doesn’t really need to be told anything except to keep at it. Chinua Achebe

December 30, 2018 · 4 Comments

Three things are important if you want to write, says Madeleine L’Engle QUOTES FOR WRITERS

I have advice for people who want to write. I don’t care whether they’re 5 or 500. There are three things that are important: First, if you want to write, … Continue reading

October 14, 2018 · 7 Comments

Had your manuscript rejected? Nervous about approaching a publisher? Expert help is at hand…

Normally I just pass on information about writing opportunities, hoping that it will be useful but this time it’s different. I KNOW this course will be useful because I know … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 3 Comments

…Delete-delete-delete, all the way back to the very line where last you cared…Lydia Millet QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

Yes, you need to put words on the page, but to qualify for the page those words must always interest you. For if not you, then whom? Writing should not … Continue reading

January 7, 2018 · 14 Comments

A 10 point smorgasbord of writing advice for Christmas QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

If you wrote down all the suggestions for writing well from successful writers, and tossed them into a hat, the top 10 would look something like this: 1. Write every … Continue reading

December 24, 2017 · 12 Comments

Write what you DON’T know…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One of the dumbest things you were ever taught was to write what you know. Because what you know is usually dull. Remember when you first wanted to be a … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Advice to school students from Kurt Vonnegut

Heard about the letter that Kurt Vonnegut sent to a  group of High School students in New York, but have only just come across this video created by Dogtooth Films, … Continue reading

April 26, 2014 · Leave a comment