BRIDGET WHELAN writer

for writers and readers….

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

If you can read you can write – not so says Richard Hugo, even if you have a Phd — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Scholars seem to assume that if you can read you can write. It’s sad to see someone with a fresh Ph.D. coast for a few years, understandably after such a … Continue reading

September 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

Kate Atkinson on recycling your writing – quotes for writers (and anyone who likes quotes)

I usually start writing a novel that I then abandon. When I say abandon, I don’t think any writer ever abandons anything that they regard as even a half-good sentence. … Continue reading

August 10, 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

If I have an Apple and You have an Apple – George Bernard Shaw Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“If you have an apple and I have an apple and we exchange these apples then you and I will still each have one apple. But if you have an … Continue reading

April 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Writing is Magic…Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The … Continue reading

April 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

The million word apprenticeship – Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

Start early and work hard. A writer’s apprenticeship usually involves writing a million words (which are then discarded) before he’s almost ready to begin. That takes a while. David Eddings … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 5 Comments

Why writers abandon stories — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

If you find that you start a number of stories or pieces that you don’t ever bother finishing…it may be that there is nothing at their center about which you … Continue reading

March 9, 2014 · 4 Comments

Stephen King on why readers stop reading — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“In many cases when a reader puts a story aside because it ‘got boring,’ the boredom arose because the writer grew enchanted with his powers of description and lost sight … Continue reading

February 16, 2014 · 14 Comments

My Writing Process – Blog Tour

First of all, a big thank you to Laura Wilkinson for suggesting that I take part in this tour. Laura writes two very different types of fiction – erotic romance … Continue reading

January 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

Mark Twain on writing for nothing — Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

“Write without pay until somebody offers pay. If nobody offers within three years, the candidate may look upon this circumstance with the most implicit confidence as the sign that sawing … Continue reading

December 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Getting pigeon-holed by Dragons – TERRY PRATCHETT Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes)

We categorize too much on the basis of unreliable assumption. A literary novel written by Brian Aldiss must be science fiction, because he is a known science fiction writer; a … Continue reading

November 24, 2013 · 5 Comments

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) Isabel Allende on why English is the best language for writers

I try to write beautifully, but accessibly. In the romance languages, Spanish, French, Italian, there’s a flowery way of saying things that does not exist in English. My husband says … Continue reading

November 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Quotes for writers (and people who like quotes) writers and icebergs

If a writer of prose knows enough about what he is writing about, he may omit things that he knows… The dignity of movement of an iceberg is due to … Continue reading

November 10, 2013 · Leave a comment