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15 Fantasy Writing Tips

15 Fantasy Writing Tips

Here at West Lothian Writers we try and provide advice for all kinds of genres of writing. Thanks to the recent visit of David Bishop we’ve been looking at Worldbuilding and we thought this would be a great opportunity to further delve into world of fantasy writing. Below the break you’ll find fifteen from Caroline …

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Worldbuilding Workshop – WLW Meeting 28/04/2015

On the 28th of April we welcomed author and creative writing tutor David Bishop to West Lothian Writers for a second time. After his first successful workshop we asked him back to look at the topic of Worldbuilding. As always David didn’t disappoint and below the break you will find highlights from the workshop including …

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Building A Fictional World

Worldbuilding Workshop - WLW Meeting 28/04/2015

Whatever kind of creative writing, but especially true when you are writing prose, you need to spend some time thinking about the world you are creating. Now if you are setting the story in the place that you live in the modern age then there is very little worldbuilding you need to do. However, if …

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The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene

The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene

Today we are going to look at The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene thank to Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft and their article 5 Characteristics of a Good Scene, and Eight Signs of a Bad One. As they say themselves in the article there are probably many other features of a good or bad scene …

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An Introduction to Point Of View in Creative Writing

An Introduction to Point Of View in Creative Writing

Anyone who has been along to a meeting of West Lothian Writers will know that one of the most common pieces of feedback we give each other is about point of view. However, despite six results coming up if you search Point of View on this website we have never discussed it in any depth – at time of …

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Historical Novels

Over the history of writing Historical Novels have always been popular, however they can be quite difficult to write due to one problem – how do you balance the history and the fiction. We’ll look at this issue by first considering some general advice about how to write historical fiction before looking for some tips …

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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 …

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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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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 …

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