ALL THINGS BOOKIE
I found this book really useful. There are loads of exercises that you can dip into and whilst I didn’t try them all, the ones I did were extremely practical and certainly got the creative juices flowing. For any writer who needs a kick start, this book is invaluable…The book is well set out and the activities easy to pick and choose from. My only regret is that I didn’t read this book sooner as now I may just have to go back and check my own novel for all kinds of literary devices that hadn’t occurred to me before. A great aid to writers that should be compulsory reading – Bridget’s book that is – not mine!
Stuart Aken writing blog UK “…Bridget Whelan’s writing style is inviting and friendly without straying into the uncomfortable intimacy that a casual approach can sometimes involve. She presents her lessons in small chunks of entertainingly written advice gleaned from experience of writing and of teaching writing students. And she provides exercises that are well thought out and manageable whilst retaining a challenging element designed to make the reader really consider what it is they are being asked to do…”
Hunting Down Writing writing blog Australia “…I thoroughly enjoyed the fun exercises, one of which I randomly chose and offered me a way on with my stuck novel for NaNoWriMo this month. Yay me! Or should I say, yay Bridget and the book…”
Denise Watson writing blog Spain Many books are much or a muchness but this one was so very different. From the very outset, I wanted to do the exercises, rather than skipping them like I usually do. The information she provides gave me lots of ideas on how I could improve my work. She talked about scrabble words, throwing stones at your characters, evoking sensations, personification, drip feeding information, linking sound with movement, humour understatements and reversals, the five fears and ….. well ….. buy the book. If Bridget can give such information in a book, what does she give in courses?
Essgee Amazon US “…Bridget Whelan is a breath of fresh air in an arena cluttered with would-be ‘experts’… the title is a red herring, plain and simple this no tutorial classroom primer…”
UK Reader Amazon UK “As a creative writing lecturer I regularly check out new materials in this field. This title is one of those that will remain on my Kindle indefinitely and will be repeatedly recommended to my writing students. The exercises are useful and pertinent. The writing style is a balance of academic wisdom and a writer’s common sense. And all of this is supported by an easy-to-read approach with no signs of limitations…”