Tag: Novel

The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene

The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene

Today we are going to look at The Characteristics of a Good and Bad Scene thank to Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft and their article 5 Characteristics of a Good Scene, and Eight Signs of a Bad One. As they say themselves in the article there are probably many other features of a good or bad scene …

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Historical Novels

Over the history of writing Historical Novels have always been popular, however they can be quite difficult to write due to one problem – how do you balance the history and the fiction. We’ll look at this issue by first considering some general advice about how to write historical fiction before looking for some tips …

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20 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting a New Story

20 Questions to Ask Yourself When Starting a New Story

As it is a Monday and the start of a new week, what better time to have a look at story beginnings. Below the break we have 20 questions from writers Alan Chin and Cheryl Reif that you should ask yourself before starting your latest story.

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2015 Writing Workshops from Janis Mackay

2015 Writing Workshops with Janis Mackay

Creative writing tutor Janis Mackay  recently contacted us to say that she is running lots of creative writing workshops next year. We know our members have really enjoyed the times Janis has visited WLW so we thought we would share some details about the workshops here. They split into five different categories: One Year Novel Writing …

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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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Raymond Chandler’s Ten Commandments for Writing a Detective Novel

Raymond Chandler’s Ten Commandments for Writing a Detective Novel

Certain writers will always tower over the genre they wrote in. When discussing crime one such example is Raymond Chandler, one of the founding father of Hardboiled crime – now better known by its cinematic genre title Film Noir. So Chandler when offers his Ten Commandments for Writing A Detective Novel it is worth passing them on.

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