164 Writing Tips from 17 Published Authors

Those of you who visited our old site will know about how we would trawl the internet to bring our members the best writing advice we could possibly find. What better way to re-start this tradition that providing you with a list of 164 writing tips from 17 famous authors all taken from the Gotham Writers.

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Who Is This Man?

Who Is This Man?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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WLW Meeting 04/02/2014

This week saw a smaller turn out than normal due to everyone being ill it seemed. We hope our members get better soon. Below you’ll find a news update, the work read tonight and the visiting author from last week.

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[Untitled] Issue 4 Calls for Submissions

Untitled Issue 4 SubmissionsToday [Untitled] opened its submission process for issue 4. The magazine is a free platform which artists, including writers, from the Falkirk area of Scotland can get their work publicised and spread to the wider market.

As many of you will have already realised, Falkirk and West Lothian are different areas however, members of West Lothian Writers are allowed to submit their work. Indeed our chair submitted a story to the last issue!

To find out how you could submit your work click on the button below!

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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 get writing whether it is prose, poetry, script or whatever. The point of the exercise is to write.

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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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Welcome To The New Look Website

Welcome to the new look West Lothian Writers’ Website. After some technical issues over the autumn we are rushing into the new year with a new look website. Don’t worry all your favourites are still here with some things being added shortly.

For those who don’t know about us, we are a group of friendly amateur writers who meet every fortnight to support and encourage each other. To find out more about us please check out our About Us page and if you are interested in our meetings then check out our Meetings page. Finally if you want to read some of the work of our members check out the What We Have Written page. If none of those pages answer all of your questions than contact us through all of the ways list on the bar on the right hand side.

The rest of this site will be made up of news about West Lothian Writers, the best Writing Advice we can find from the rest of the net and any competitions and submissions we have heard about. Please feel free to get involved by commenting on our pages and news stories.

Most important, if you live in or around the West Lothian area and are interested in creative writing please come along to our meetings on a Tuesday night. We’d love to see you there.

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WLW Meeting 07/01/2014

Our first meeting of 2014 saw a turnout of eight people including a new comer Iain.

This Week’s News

WLW Meeting 07/01/2013Crime writer and literary agent Allan Guthrie has agreed to run a workshop for us on the 18th of February about how to get published.

Anne E announced on the 9th of January the first read through of her play will take place at the Bathgate Regal.

On the 23rd of January Ironstone are holding a Robert Burns inspired poetry and writing evening including local folk trio Tryste. To find out more information check out their Facebook Event.

The next West Lothian Write is on the 14th march at the Howden Park Centre. This is an evening for local poets and writers to get together and read their work and enjoy others doing the same. It always books up really quickly so book your places now…if there are any left!

Tonight’s Readers

  • The Will a pice of first person prose by Anne D. A humorous piece that feels like the start of something longer.
  • Untitled – a very skilful piece of prose by newcomer Iain where in 500 words he told a story about thirty-three different characters in a circular form.
  • Toil In The Morning – Sally’s first poem was an atmospheric piece inspired by watching rice planters in Bali. It catches the hard slog of working in cold slimy water under tropical heat.
  • Sombre Occasion – Sally’s second poem is an anthropomorphic yet accurately detached description of birds in the rain.
  • Soul Rider – the latest instalment of Eric‘s sci-fi novel. The captured Fiona is interrogated before being set free but is this freedom real or just an illusion.
  • Prince Hawkwolf – a novel extract from John containing a beautifully lyrical retelling of Sleeping Beauty.

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