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15 Fantasy Writing Tips

15 Fantasy Writing Tips

Here at West Lothian Writers we try and provide advice for all kinds of genres of writing. Thanks to the recent visit of David Bishop we’ve been looking at Worldbuilding and we thought this would be a great opportunity to further delve into world of fantasy writing. Below the break you’ll find fifteen from Caroline Dunford on the Scottish Book Trust website and, arguably the king of fantasy writing at the moment, George R. R. Martin on Lifehacker Australia website.

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Building A Fictional World

Building A Fictional World

Whatever kind of creative writing, but especially true when you are writing prose, you need to spend some time thinking about the world you are creating. Now if you are setting the story in the place that you live in the modern age then there is very little worldbuilding you need to do. However, if you are going for something a little bit more exotic then you need to think about it a bit harder. If you aren’t sure what you should be thinking about then don’t worry we are here to help you.

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Writing Advice from Stephen King

Writing Advice from Stephen KingOne thing we didn’t report in our round up of this week’s meeting was the short discussion about Stephen King‘s book Stephen King on Writing. One of the reasons for this was so we could do a more in depth at the advice of one of America’s greatest living writers here. We have his Top 20 Rules for Writers from Open Culture and a short five minute interview he did with Borders Bookshop a few years ago.

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How to Write an Epistolary Story

At our last meeting Stephen read a story which was written in an epistolary style. For those who don’t know what epistolary style is here is the definition from Far Off Places who are presently ask for submissions in the style:

An epistolary novel is a novel written as a series of documents. The usual form is letters, although diary entries, newspaper clippings and other documents are sometimes used. Recently, electronic “documents” such as recordings and radio, blogs, and e-mails have also come into use.

If you fancy trying to write a story in an epistolary style then you’ll love this writing advice post!

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Do You Need More Conflict?

Do You Need More Conflict?
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In many ways the question above is one of the most important questions any fiction writer can ask themselves about their work. Story comes from conflict so if there isn’t enough conflict then your story will probably be boring and uninteresting to your readers. We’ll look into this issue, and how to solve the problem below!

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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 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.

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Writing Dialogue: Tips & Rule Breaking

Writing Dialogue: Tips & Rule Breaking

It has been a while since we’ve published any writing advice on this website so let’s correct that now with a post about Writing Dialogue: Tips & Rule Breaking.

Anyone who has written prose knows that dialogue plays a huge part in your story telling. Today we are going to look at tips from three website starting with the great piece of advice above from Paul Feig – the director of the very funny Bridemaids. There is more advice below the break!

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The Dos and Don’ts of Ending A Story

The Dos and Don'ts of Ending A Story

Imagine you’ve written a story that starts off great but kind of tails off towards the end. Need some advice to make the end as good as the start? Well you’ve come to the write place as today we are looking at James V. Smith, Jr.‘s Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Novel’s Ending (although we feel you can use his advice for any story!).

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Editing Hints & Tips

“Books are not written–they’re rewritten.”

Michael Crichton

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.

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Word Counts

Word Counts

One of the best known tips for any writer, whether starting out or starting on the 15th novel, is to write every day. However, there is an obvious response to this piece of advice, how long should we write for? For most people this question is answered using word counts – something which is very easy these days when word processors can do it for you at a click of a button.

Today we will look at the topic of word counts, how you can improve the number of words you write a day and what other methods of measuring you could use. Let’s start with how to improve your daily word count.