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 we’d help with this writing advice article. Below the break you’ll find all the answers you need.
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 talk about the man himself for a moment. Born Theodor Seuss Geisel on the 2nd of March 1904, Dr Seuss went onto write 46 children’s books, many considered to be classics.
Perhaps the most important thing we do at West Lothian Writers is give each other feedback at our meetings every fortnight. However, giving feedback is far harder than you might think. When reading a story it is very easy to say whether a story is good or bad, it is harder to give the reasons why and how the writer could improve without trying to re-write their story or poem for them.
We have been trawling the internet and have found a couple of articles to help you give feedback on someone else’s writing. Click below to find out how Ugly Babies and Oreo’s help you achieve this.
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 have heard the phrase
Show Don’t Tell
What the phrase means is that as a write you should be showing your reader what is happening rather than telling them. If you are still a little confused the exercise below the break should clearly explain the phrase.
“Books are not written–they’re rewritten.”
Almost every writer in existence will have heard advice similar to the Michael Crichton quote. While searching for the above quote I came across similar versions from Roald Dahl, Leo Tolstoy and Vladimir Nabokov.
Anyway the reason for the above quote is that today we are talking about re-writing or editing as it is also known. Below the break we’ll have lots of hints and tips for you to think about when you are editing your stories.