WLW Meeting – 15/09/2015

WLW Meeting - 15/09/2015Better late than never here is the notes from our last meeting. The reason for the delay? We’ve been busy selecting the work for our next anthology. More news on that shortly! Anyway we saw a great turn out of eleven people including a first time visit of Winnie. We hope you enjoyed your time Winnie and you’ll be back next time.

This Week’s News

We start with some great news. Susi has had her baby, a beautiful girl called Daisy May Moffat who has already been nicknamed Bug! Everyone at West Lothian Writers wishes both Susi and Daisy the best!

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Lots of General Writing Advice

Lots of General Writing AdviceToday I thought we would look at some quick fire, general writing advice. If you are new – or returning after a long break – the tips below are a quick guide through the basics when putting pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. For those more experienced writers, these should be a good reminder of the things to keep in your head when creative writing.

Below the break you’ll find advice from Kami Kinard, Julia Bell and Ernest Hemingway – as we’ve been having a bit of a Hemingway theme recently we thought why not continue where we left off!

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WLW Meeting – 01/09/2015

WLW Meeting - 01/09/2015We saw a great turn out of ten people for this week’s meeting including a few returning faces.

This Week’s News

We’ll start with Eric whose debut novel A Clear Solution is now available for 99p on Kindle for the whole of September. If you haven’t read it yet then this is your chance. Also his short story Seline and The Seance has been entered into Inkitt: Laughable! competition. You can read and vote for it here.

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Building Stronger Heroes and Villains

Today we are going to look at how to create stronger heroes and villains – in a writing sense of course! The first thing to say is that heroes and villains are just characters and can be anything from moral knights to evil bakers and back again. We are going to start by looking at some advice from Mythic Scribes below the break.

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WLW Meeting – 18th August 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 it is the next West Lothian Write taking place at the Howden Park Centre. The night starts at 7pm and is a great opportunity to read your work out to an audience.

The next day is our Conquering the Blank Page workshop with Janis Mackay. The workshop will look at the basics of creative writing. It’ll take place next to where we normally meet in Carmondean Community Centre and will run from 10am till 4pm.

Eric has entered his short story Seline and the Seance into Inkitt’s Laughable Competition. You can vote for his story here.

Finally a reminder to all members to get their submissions in for our next anthology. For more information check out the Second Anthology Page on the website.

WLW Meeting - 18th August 2015

Writing Exercise

Anne led the group on a writing exercise she’d come up with. She described a countryside scene that finished with the writer discovering a letter in a house address to them. She asked the group to write that letter.

This Week’s Writing

  • Bus Stop – the next section in Chris’ mystery tale. DI McKenzie continues his interview of Linda Reid, accusing her of murder
  • A Ticket Inside My Head – a blog post from our newest member Elizabeth. about her experiences travelling around the world.
  • The Girl on the Yellow Paper – the second part of Stephen‘s story. The narrator finds out more about the drunk and the girl on the yellow paper, including her name.
  • Strange Street – an extract from Bill’s new novel. Adam and Paul find themselves back in 1915 despite the fact they are from 2015.
  • Dr Christie’s Pharaoh – the start of a novel by Norman. Charles and Julia chat her boss’ pharaoh.

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WLW Meeting – 04/08/2015

WLW Meeting - 04/08/2015

This week saw another great turn out of eight people who all settled down to listen, and feedback on, some great stories

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How to write 50 word stories

After the success of our writing advice article How to Write a 6 Word Story, and with August’s West Lothian Write looking for 50 word stories, we thought we’d look at some advice for tales with an additional 44 words. Surprisingly perhaps we couldn’t find any articles that looked particular at 50 word stories but we still found some advice you will find useful. All below the break of course! Continue reading

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Our Six Word Stories

Over the past couple of weeks we’ve been talking a lot about Six Word Stories. This was due to the fact that our last meeting feel on Ernest Hemingway’s 116 birthday. The link to six word stories is to do with a challenge Hemingway was set by a friend to write a story in the fewest number of words possible. Hemingway answered this challenge with these six words

Our Six Word Stories

We thought what better way to celebrate Hemingway’s birthday than writing our own which you will find below the break.

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WLW Meeting – 21/07/2015

WLW Meeting - 21/07/2015On the 116th anniversary of Ernest Hemmingway‘s birthday nine West Lothian Writers made it along to our meeting to hear people’s attempts at their own Six Word Stories, offer feedback at other members’ work and general enjoy some of the best amateur writing in the area.

Six Word Stories

To celebrate Hemmingway’s birthday we ask people to bring along their own six word stories. There were some truly excellent stories filled with drama, love and scares. You can find our six word tales here.

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Backstory and When It Becomes A Problem

Backstory and When It Becomes A ProblemLet’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!

backstorybackground storyback-story or background is a set of events invented for a plot, presented as preceding—and leading up to that plot. It is a literary device of a narrative history all chronologically earlier than the narrative of primary interest.

Now we are all agreed on that let’s look how it can be used to improve your story.

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