Category: Writing Advice

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Backstory and When It Becomes A Problem

Backstory and When It Becomes A Problem

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 …

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How to Write Interesting Supporting Characters

How to Write Interesting Supporting Characters

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 …

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How to Write Six Word Stories

WLW Meeting - 21/07/2015

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 …

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My Experience of Being Professional Edited

My Experience of Being Professional Edited

As you will know by now Eric has recently had his first novel, A Clear Solution published by Accent Press. We at the West Lothian Writers Website thought this would be a great opportunity to hear from Eric about the experience of being professional edited, something that many unpublished writers worry about. After the break we’ll hand …

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Performance Tips

With our Performance Workshop with Polly Philips only a few days away we thought it was the right time to look at the subject on the website. Performance in creative writing is the same as any other creative industry as in it is piece of entertainment presented to an audience, usual live. Some people will have …

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What Writing Lessons Can Be Learned From Avengers: Age of Ultron

We are probably pushing it in terms of relevance with this writing advice article but with Avengers: Age of Ultron, still in the UK top 10 (at the time of writing) I think we can get away with it. Over the past few weeks I’ve seen a couple of writing articles talking about What Writing Lessons …

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Nine Quotes from Famous Writers

We always like sharing writing advice from famous writers because if anyone knows what they are doing the chances are it’ll be them. You can imagine then how excited we were when we came across Evan S. Porter article 19 Writing Tips & Techniques from Famous Writers That You Can Use Right Now. Rather than just …

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Flash Fiction Writing Tips

Flash Fiction Writing Tips

With the rise of the internet Flash Fiction has become a bigger and bigger so we thought we should look at Flash Fiction and provide some advice for those who want to try the format. Of course, let’s start with a definition. What is Flash Fiction? When looking at a new kind of writing getting a …

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Interview with Eric McFarlane

As is becoming tradition West Lothian Writers always like to carry out a short interview with our members who have been recently published. Today we are talking to Eric McFarlane who has recently had his comedy crime novel A Clear Solution published with Accent Press. You can buy a copy of A Clear Solution on …

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Motivation and Productivity

Motivation and Productivity

Today we thought we’d look at the topics of Motivation and Productivity in creative writing with advice from Suzanne Lieurance on Women Writers, Women(‘s) Books and Susan Dennard from The Write Life. Although we should say now that the advice from one of these wonderful women resulted, for the first time I think, a response from …

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