BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

Friday Picture Writing Prompt – leap into the fantastic

This photograph stopped me in my tracks. There’s something delicious about the colours and the lines of the uniform. Out of context the men might be taken for actors or … Continue reading

August 13, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Not Very Serious Exercise: an extract from Back to Creative Writing School

Far better to write twaddle or anything, anything, than nothing at all –  Katherine Mansfield EVERY SATURDAY for the month of January I’m sharing exercises from my popular writing guide Back … Continue reading

January 16, 2021 · Leave a comment

A Cliché Killing Writing Exercise: an extract from BACK TO CREATIVE WRITING SCHOOL

EVERY SATURDAY for the month of January I’m going to share some exercises from my popular writing guide Back To Creative Writing School – I want it to be a creative kickstart … Continue reading

January 9, 2021 · 2 Comments

START THE WEEK with a writing exercise using the power of ART and GOOGLE

Today it’s time for an ekphrastic exercise – writing about or inspired by a painting. In Dostoyevsky’s novel The Idiot, characters see a painting of Christ that is supposed to … Continue reading

July 13, 2020 · Leave a comment

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