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West Lothian Write – 20/03/2015

Anyone who checks out our meeting round ups will see that we talk about West Lothian Write quite a bit (eight mentions at time of writing) so we thought we’d do a wee round up about the event and the pieces read by our members.

West Lothian Write

West Lothian Write - 20/03/2015The aim of the night is to give local West Lothian Writers the chance to share their work with an audience. The latest event was hosted by Dennis O’Donnell, a writer who has been working with West Lothian Council, at the Howden Park Centre.

Some of the writers who perform their work come from groups like West Lothian Writers (as you’ll see below there were quite a few of us) while others are individuals, many reading for the first time. In total there were about 15 performers in total.

The Work Read By Our Members

  • A Clear Solution – an extract from Eric‘s upcoming novel. Daniel goes for a job interview but everything doesn’t go to plan.
  • The Snails Move Out and Citadel – a couple of poems from Ian. The first poem was inspired by snails on a rainy day while the second is a tribute to to urban poetry
  • Barter Days – a recollection of Chris’ Mum and Dad on holiday in Italy.
  • The Day I Left – a poem by Sue about the day her family left her childhood home
  • Glass Faeries – a short story by our chair Stephen describing the results of Kirsty and Hazel’s break up.

Next West Lothian Write

The next West Lothian Write is on the 21st of August and you can book your reading slot now by contacting the Howden Park Centre Box Office.

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WLW Meeting 17/03/2015

This week’s meeting saw a turn out of four people who enjoy a couple of great pieces of writing, our new business cards and a wee exercise. You can find out more below!

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Writing Advice

20 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting a New Story

20 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting a New Story

As it is a Monday and the start of a new week, what better time to have a look at story beginnings. Below the break we have 20 questions from writers Alan Chin and Cheryl Reif that you should ask yourself before starting your latest story.

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How to Write Good Dialogue

A core technique of story telling is dialogue. Despite hearing dialogue on a daily basis it can sometimes be really hard to write believable dialogue. Today we hope to help solve this problem with the help of The Novel Doctor and Lit Reactor. However, before we get to them we are going to start with a short video from BBC’s Writersroom that talks about the different elements of dialogue.

The video is a great starting point. Below you’ll find some more in depth advice on how to write dialogue.

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How to Write Exciting Description

In any form of writing description plays a major part whether in poetry, prose or non fiction. The hard part is making the description exciting so it grabs your reader. Today we are going to look at this issue with the help of io9 and Writer’s Digest. Below you will find lots of exciting, interesting advice…we hope!

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WLW Meeting – 03/03/2015

WLW Meeting - 03/03/2015We saw a great turnout of 10 people including a couple of new folk and the return of another. Hello to Alison and Bill and welcome back Mitra. You can find out about what they, and everyone else, got up to below.

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Dr Seuss’ Writing Advice

Dr Seuss' Writing Advice

This article has arrived sooner on the website than I planned so to give it some space from our Stephen King article. However, when you find out it is Dr Seuss‘ birthday it seems wrong not to publish an article collecting together some of Dr Seuss’ Writing Advice.

Before we start with his advice let’s talk about the man himself for a moment. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel on the 2nd of March 1904, Dr Seuss went onto write 46 children’s books, many considered to be classics.