Category: Writing Exercises

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WLW Meeting – 29/09/2015

This week saw a smaller turn out than usual of six people but we still got through some great writing and even a quick writing exercise. Of course, as always, we start with the news! This Week’s News There is only one place we can start talking tonight and that is Ian’s competition win. His …

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Dialogue Tags Exercise

The other day I came across a great series of article from Jen Matera on Write Divas about Dialogue Tags and I’ve been trying to work out how to share these articles with you since. At first I was going to do a summary article but then I felt the points they try to make …

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WLW Meeting – 18th August 2015

WLW Meeting - 10/11/2015

Tonight’s meeting saw a great turn out of nine people including a couple of new people. Elizabeth and Marita joined us for the first time and we hope you enjoyed the meeting. After the news, which will follow shortly, we did a quick writing exercise before moving onto people’s writing. This Week’s News On Friday …

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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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Point of View Exercise

We’ve talked about point of view before on the West Lothian Writers website but today we are looking at the topic from a different angle. At our meeting tonight we have adapted one of the brilliant worksheets from ereadingworksheets.com into a workshop on the topic of point of view. Definitions Of course we started with the …

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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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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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Writing Exercises: Description

It has been a while since we post some writing exercises. Often they are mixed in with other posts but today we are posting three exercises all focusing on description, so set aside from time, grab a pen and paper. Why not share your stories below in the comments section or on our Facebook page. We’d …

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WLW Meeting 09/12/2014

For a the first time in a month or so our web monkey actually made it to a meeting of WLW. He was very happy to hear that we have a new member, Mitra and even more excited to hear that Eric was having his novel A Clear Solution published next year. Well done Eric! There …

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How Do You Show, Not Tell?

How Do You Show, Not Tell?

The other day Jenifer said she felt she was telling rather than showing in her novel and wasn’t sure how to change it so we had a quick look online and found some excellent articles on exactly that subject. First lets define what we are talking about. Anyone who has taken a writing class will …

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