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Making Editing Joyful

For some all the fun in writing, whether prose or poetry, is the first draft when you can let your creative imagination go and you can write whatever you like. The next stage, editing, is seen like hard work and boring. Mabel E. Wetherbee disagrees saying:

Going back and editing is the best part of writing; it’s like reading an interactive novel. ‘Oh I wish the author used this word here or had this dramatic reveal there…oh that’s right! I am the author!’

How do you turn your dislike of editing into Mabel’s joyful excitement? Well, we are here to help. Click below to find out more!

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Writing Advice from Stephen King

Writing Advice from Stephen KingOne thing we didn’t report in our round up of this week’s meeting was the short discussion about Stephen King‘s book Stephen King on Writing. One of the reasons for this was so we could do a more in depth at the advice of one of America’s greatest living writers here. We have his Top 20 Rules for Writers from Open Culture and a short five minute interview he did with Borders Bookshop a few years ago.

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Meetings

WLW Meeting – 17/02/2015

WLW Meeting - 17/02/2015This week’s we choose to add a bit of romance to our meeting with a love theme to celebrate Valentine’s Day that had passed a few days earlier. Of the six people who turned to the meeting everyone got to read their work that looked at all aspects of love, including the bad side – expect one person who forgot. Click below to see if you can work out who that was!

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13 Words or Phrases To Remove From Your Writing

13 Words or Phrases To Remove From Your Writing

We have said before and we will say again that the purpose of the first draft is to exist which means, for the only time in the writing process all rules can go out of the window. It doesn’t matter whether your Point of View stays consistent or whether you jump from past tense to present tense and back again. This means that your first draft is often full of filler words that the blog Wise Ink defines as:

words that slow the pace, add unnecessary emphasis, add wordiness, etc.

With their help, along with Writer’s Circle we are going to help you identify these filler words so you can cut them away to reveal the beautiful prose around them.

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Our Writing

Seline and the Fifty Shades

In the build up to Eric‘s pubishing his first novel, we thought we’d share one of his short stories and, considering the film they realised this weekend, what better choice than one involving Eric‘s famous character Seline and her experience of Fifty Shades of Grey! If you wish to read more of Seline’s adventures check out Seline’s World Humorous Short Stories for A Grey Day.

Don’t worry the story isn’t raunchy but if you think you may be offend please don’t click to read more!

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Writing Advice

How to Write Love Poetry

How to Write Love Poetry

As it is Valentine’s Day it seems very suitable to talk about how to write love poetry. We will start at looking at the basics of  writing a love poem before looking at six elements that you could include in your poem. Finally we’ll look at ways you could improve your poem.

Click below to read all these different tips – many of which could be used for any kind of poetry

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Giving Feedback – Ugly Babies & Oreos!

Giving Feedback - Ugly Babies & Oreos!

Perhaps the most important thing we do at West Lothian Writers is give each other feedback at our meetings every fortnight. However, giving feedback is far harder than you might think. When reading a story it is very easy to say whether a story is good or bad, it is harder to give the reasons why and how the writer could improve without trying to re-write their story or poem for them.

We have been trawling the internet and have found a couple of articles to help you give feedback on someone else’s writing. Click below to find out how Ugly Babies and Oreo’s help you achieve this.

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WLW Meeting – 03/02/2015

WLW Meeting - 03/02/2015This week’s meeting saw our biggest turn out of the year so far with eight people making it along. Due to Anne’s recently performance at West Lothian Council’s Holocault Memorial Day event, much of the meeting was taken up talking about this. Something we felt was very suitable considering the importance of it.

Along with a short report from the event you’ll also be able to see the news from the meeting and what pieces of writing were read