After the success of our writing advice article How to Write a 6 Word Story, and with August’s West Lothian Write looking for 50 word stories, we thought we’d look at some advice for tales with an additional 44 words. Surprisingly perhaps we couldn’t find any articles that looked particular at 50 word stories but we still found some advice you will find useful. All below the break of course!
Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been talking a lot about Six Word Stories. This was due to the fact that our last meeting feel on Ernest Hemingway’s 116 birthday. The link to six word stories is to do with a challenge Hemingway was set by a friend to write a story in the fewest number of words possible. Hemingway answered this challenge with these six words
We thought what better way to celebrate Hemingway’s birthday than writing our own which you will find below the break.
On the 116th anniversary of Ernest Hemmingway‘s birthday nine West Lothian Writers made it along to our meeting to hear people’s attempts at their own Six Word Stories, offer feedback at other members’ work and general enjoy some of the best amateur writing in the area.
Six Word Stories
To celebrate Hemmingway’s birthday we ask people to bring along their own six word stories. There were some truly excellent stories filled with drama, love and scares. You can find our six word tales here.
Let’s go back in time and look at backstory and what it is, how it can improve your story and how it can damage your tale. Before we go any further we need a definition and we’ll use the same one Write Divas uses – Wikipedia!
A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.
Now we are all agreed on that let’s look how it can be used to improve your story.
Often the most interesting characters in books and stories are not the main characters but the supporting ones such as Han Solo in Star Wars or Nancy from Oliver Twist. Today will be looking at how to make your supporting characters interesting within their own right. However, first we need to answer the question, why are interesting supporting characters important? You’ll find the answer below the break.
On Saturday 22nd of August 2015 we are holding an all-day writing workshop called Conquering the Blank Page led by award winning writer Janis Mackay. The day is aimed at writers who have only just started writing or those looking to get back into it. The day will be spent developing writing ideas from the initial thought to the basis of a poem or story. We will look at all the basics element of writing such as creating characters, setting and points of view. The aim is that at the end of the session you’ll have, at least, the start of a story or poem if not a first draft.
However, anyone who has come to any of the previous workshops led by Janis will know that whatever stage you are at as I writer you will get something out of the day. Our venue will be the East Barn of Nether Dechmont Farm situated in near Livingston North station in Livingston.More details can be found below the break.
At our last meeting we decided that at our next meeting, which is also the same date as Ernest Hemmingway‘s birthday, we would ask our members to bring along their six word stories to share at the start of the night. However, as some people weren’t sure how to write a six word story we thought we’d help with this writing advice article. Below the break you’ll find all the answers you need.
Tonight’s meeting saw a turn out of seven people to hear some great writing and some interesting discussions about the work that was presented. First however, let’s start with the news!