Category: Writing Exercises

If you are stuck for ideas this is the place to come.

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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How to Write A Scary Story

How to Write A Scary Story

It is Halloween so what better advice could we give than How To Write A Scary Story. I should point out however, that the advice you’ll find below will be of help to any fiction writer. As Susan Dennard, one of advice givers today, says keep in mind that scary scenes aren’t confined to horror …

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WLW Meeting – 30/09/2014

This week’s meeting was a little different than usual with the addition of an exercise before we got down to the usual feedback session. Six people turn out to try out the exercise!

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Character Goals and Themes

Character Goals and Themes

We all know that Character is an important part of any kind of story telling but how do we create characters that our readers can connect to. One way to do it is by giving each character goals and themes as suggested by Moody Writing and  Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft.

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Editing – Where to Start

Editing

Stephen King once said that To write is human, to edit is divine. Yet how do you become good at this divine art? Well let us at West Lothian Writers – and a few articles we found on the net help you! Everything you could possibly want to know is inside!

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Who Is This Man?

Writing Exercises: Description

For our second writing exercise we can thank Craig from [Untitled] for providing this great image to inspire countless poems and stories. So clear your diary for the next half hour or so and answer the question at the top of this article.

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Inspired by Art Writing Exercise

If you are bored this Friday why not try out this inspired by art writing exercise made possible by one of our members Chris. The idea is simple. Set yourself an amount of time – we suggest somewhere between 5 and 30 minutes – and select a picture from the ones below the break and …

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WLW Meeting 21/01/2014

WLW Meeting 21/01/2014

This week we had a turn out of eight people including a new member Elizabeth. Along side our usual meeting activities we also did a short writing exercise which you can try for yourself.

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