BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

START THE WEEK with a creative writing exercise – start a memoir with a drawing

There’s a big difference between thinking about a story concept or the way a character develops and thinking with a pen in your hand. Writing – even when you know … Continue reading

June 29, 2020 · Leave a comment

START THE WEEK with a creative writing exercise that will work for ever and ever….

Actually, this isn’t a writing exercise at all. It is a writing prompt. There’s a difference: an exercise is designed, it is crafted and – ideally – should be tested … Continue reading

June 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Opening Lines – A Writing Exercise

I’m going to post writing exercises at regular intervals because I’m convinced that writing can help if you’re worried and under stress….and right now that describes most of us. The … Continue reading

March 20, 2020 · Leave a comment

The stories old boots can tell…and a decent pair of Jimmy Choo’s ART FOR WRITERS

Van Gogh frequently painted boots and shoes, the more worn and muddy they were the better. Looking through my writing exercises, I realise I focus on shoes quite often and, … Continue reading

February 16, 2018 · 2 Comments

Inspiring Pictures for Writers: Norman Cornish – the miner’s artist

A quick five minute exercise: describe this scene, put in sounds – the children aren’t crossing in silence – and colour. Add tiny details: a button hanging by a thread, … Continue reading

January 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Come up with an orginal story idea in three easy steps – a creative writing exercise to start the week

I came up with this writing exercise when I was on holiday recently and overheard someone say that the first idea  isn’t always the best idea. The exercise worked for … Continue reading

April 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Monday Creative Writing Exercise because it’s a good way to start the week: photograph writing prompt

  They’re coming! The words rippled through the group like a chemical high. They’re coming!  Only Emma wondered what that really meant…. Over to you….. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/f_lynx/7797764254/  

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

A 75-word writing challenge

Kate Mosse (the writer not the model) says writers should practice writing in the same way musicians practice the scales…. Here is a way that will also allow you to … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 3 Comments