Tag: Novels

Coming Up With A Title

Coming Up With A Title

The other day I finished editing a short story I hope to submit to an online magazine I’d found in the Submissions and Competitions section of this website. Sadly, there was one problem, the story had a rubbish title and I couldn’t think of a better one so I turned to Google and found some …

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Formatting Your Manuscript

Formatting Your Manuscript

At this week’s meeting the topic of formatting your manuscript came up. While we managed to most of the questions there and then we thought the subject would make a brilliant post so here we are. The first thing to say is that none of points below are set in stone. In many ways you …

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Ray Bradbury’s Writing Advice

Ray Bradbury's Creative Writing Tips

We like our advice from publishers writers here at West Lothian Writers as you can see from our posts 164 Writing Tips from 17 Published Authors and The Guardian’s Ten Rules For Writing Fiction. Today we are looking at the advice of one of the masters of the short story – Ray Bradbury.

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The Guardian’s Ten Rules For Writing Fiction

Back in 2010 The Guardian posted a series of articles called Ten Rules For Writing Fiction. Inspired by Elmore Leonard’s book 10 Rules of Writing, which we’ll post below, The Guardian asked other famous authors what their ten rules were. As you’ll see when click on the two articles not all of them have ten rules and …

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How to Be Creative in 5 Steps with John Cleese

Here on West Lothian Writers’ we love taking advice from professional writers as they know one or two things about writing. Today’s we have a talk from one of the world’s funniest writers John Cleese. In the 40 minute presentation below, Cleese talks about how to be creative and the five steps he uses to enter …

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Creating Realist Fictional Worlds

Last week the website io9 asked six experts what their personal bugbears were when it came to people creating their own planets. We thought that the results would be of interest to our members so you’ll find them below along with a few other tips by creating wide and wonderful worlds. First however, we need …

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Character Goals and Themes

Character Goals and Themes

We all know that Character is an important part of any kind of story telling but how do we create characters that our readers can connect to. One way to do it is by giving each character goals and themes as suggested by Moody Writing and  Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft.

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The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel

After the visit of Allan Guthrie last night I thought we should continue that theme with this great post from Chuck Sambuchino on The Write Life about the Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel. Taken from the 2014 Guide to Literary Agents, Chuck‘s post list quotes from a wide range of literary agents talking about their …

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Let’s Talk About Fear

Let's Talk About Fear

Let’s talk about the fear. The thing that holds you back and stops the words hitting the page. Every writer, including the most successful one, suffer from it. The good news however, is that you can over come it. How I hear you ask? Well you’ll find out below!

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Editing – Where to Start

Editing

Stephen King once said that To write is human, to edit is divine. Yet how do you become good at this divine art? Well let us at West Lothian Writers – and a few articles we found on the net help you! Everything you could possibly want to know is inside!

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