Monthly Archive: May 2014

May 29

Using Dialogue Workshop

Dialogue Tags Exercise

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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May 24

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 …

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May 17

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 …

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May 15

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 …

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May 14

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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May 11

Coming Up With A Title

Coming Up With A Title

The 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 …

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May 09

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 …

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May 05

10 Tips For Writing Short Stories

WLW Meeting - 03/03/2015

  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 …

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