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Using Dialogue Workshop

Using Dialogue Workshop

This week saw a change from our usual meetings with David McVey coming along to provide a workshop on Using Dialogue. However, before we talk about that we need to chat about this week’s news!

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Writing Advice

The Dos and Don’ts of Ending A Story

The Dos and Don'ts of Ending A Story

Imagine you’ve written a story that starts off great but kind of tails off towards the end. Need some advice to make the end as good as the start? Well you’ve come to the write place as today we are looking at James V. Smith, Jr.‘s Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Novel’s Ending (although we feel you can use his advice for any story!).

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Writing Advice

Editing Hints & Tips

“Books are not written–they’re rewritten.”

Michael Crichton

Almost every writer in existence will have heard advice similar to the Michael Crichton quote. While searching for the above quote I came across similar versions from Roald Dahl, Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov

Anyway the reason for the above quote is that today we are talking about re-writing or editing as it is also known. Below the break we’ll have lots of hints and tips for you to think about when you are editing your stories.

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Writing Advice

Word Counts

Word Counts

One of the best known tips for any writer, whether starting out or starting on the 15th novel, is to write every day. However, there is an obvious response to this piece of advice, how long should we write for? For most people this question is answered using word counts – something which is very easy these days when word processors can do it for you at a click of a button.

Today we will look at the topic of word counts, how you can improve the number of words you write a day and what other methods of measuring you could use. Let’s start with how to improve your daily word count.

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WLW Meeting 13/05/2014

This week we welcome a new person, Valerie, to WLW. She was one of ten people who made it along to the meeting. We had a great range of work read along with lots of news so lets get started.

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Writing Advice

Coming Up With A Title

Coming Up With A TitleThe other day I finished editing a short story I hope to submit to an online magazine I’d found in the Submissions and Competitions section of this website. Sadly, there was one problem, the story had a rubbish title and I couldn’t think of a better one so I turned to Google and found some really interesting pieces of advice, hints and tips that I thought I should share with everyone else, which can be found after the break.

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From the Blank Page to The Written Word

From the Blank Page to The Written Word

On Sunday 8th of June 2014 we are holding an all-day writing workshop called From the Blank Page to The Written Word led by award winning writer Janis Mackay. Anyone who came to the previous workshop led by Janis back in September 2013 will know how interesting and inspiring her workshops can be. The day will be spent developing writing ideas from the initial thought to the basis of a poem or story. This is an ambitious aim but we know we can do it. Our venue will be the Mel Grey Centre at Linlithgow Canal Centre, situated in the heart of Linlithgow. More details can be found below the break.

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Writing Advice

10 Tips For Writing Short Stories

10 Tips For Writing Short Stories

According to Writers’ Relief May is Short Story Month so we at West Lothian Writers think this is a good excuse to talk about Short Stories and provide you guys with some advice when writing them. In fact we thought we would give you guys 10 Tips for Writing Short Stories. Of course these tips can be used for any short form fiction.