BRIDGET WHELAN writer

August is archive month. Posts from the past

Grief, Ignorance and Slowly becoming a Writer – Viet Thanh Nguyen QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

…I learned about grief as I worked on that damned short story collection. I did not know what I was doing, and what I also did not know, facing my … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 2 Comments

Love the reader, says Ellen Gilchrist QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

How often I have tried to tell writing students that the first thing a writer must do is love the reader and wish the reader well. The writer must trust … Continue reading

March 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

A story is more like a house than a journey…Alice Munro QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

A story is not like a road to follow … it’s more like a house. You go inside and stay there for a while, wandering back and forth and settling … Continue reading

March 12, 2017 · 15 Comments

What every writer has to learn…Robin McKinley QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One of the biggest, and possibly the biggest, obstacle to becoming a writer… is learning to live with the fact that the wonderful story in your head is infinitely better, … Continue reading

March 5, 2017 · 1 Comment

Join this GROUP WRITING PROMPT – an example of exercise 101

This is one of my favourite exercises. It always works. All you have to do is go to page 101 of a novel selected at random and find the first … Continue reading

July 6, 2016 · 12 Comments

Jobs for Writers

This post is a bit of an experiment. I thought it might be useful to provide a regular round up of writing or writing related jobs that come to my … Continue reading

June 27, 2016 · 7 Comments

Writers and Olympic athletes don’t have a lot in common – Paul Theroux Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

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

June 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Hemingway on what makes a writer – Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes

All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to … Continue reading

April 3, 2016 · 2 Comments

“…failure is what writers do.” Anne Enright QUOTES FOR WRITERS (AND PEOPLE WHO LIKE QUOTES)

I have no problem with failure – it is success that makes me sad. Failure is easy. I do it every day, I have been doing it for years. I … Continue reading

March 20, 2016 · 7 Comments

You have to follow what the book needs says E.A.Bucchianeri Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

…The Book is more important than your plans for it. You have to go with what works for The Book – if your ideas appear hollow or forced when they … Continue reading

December 20, 2015 · 6 Comments

Choosing between genres is like choosing between carbohydrates said Gore Vidal (only better) Quotes for writers

Are you happier eating a potato than a bowl of rice? I don’t know. It’s all the same. … Writing is writing. Writing is order in sentences and order in … Continue reading

October 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Gabriel Garcia Marquez on what gave him permission to write…QUOTES FOR WRITERS (and people who like quotes)

One night a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read ‘The Metamorphosis’. … Continue reading

June 21, 2015 · 2 Comments

Writing is a humbling occupation – Paul Auster Quotes for Writers (and people who like quotes)

Each book is a new book. I’ve never written it before and I have to teach myself how to write it as I go along. The fact that I’ve written … Continue reading

May 3, 2015 · 3 Comments

There are a lot of myths about writing, says Sci Fi writer David Brin – ignore them all. Quotes for Writers (and for people who like quotes)

The romance surrounding the writing profession carries several myths: that one must suffer in order to be creative; that one must be cantankerous and objectionable in order to be bright; … Continue reading

March 29, 2015 · Leave a comment