Tag: Poetry

Clout the Cauldron

To celebrate Burns Night, we at West Lothian Writers would like to share with you Clout the Cauldron. Written in the style of Rabbie Burns, this poem by Sue Davies was first read out on BBC Radio Scotland almost twenty years ago on the 25th of January 1997. Click below the break to read Sue‘s work. …

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How to Write Exciting Description

In any form of writing description plays a major part whether in poetry, prose or non fiction. The hard part is making the description exciting so it grabs your reader. Today we are going to look at this issue with the help of io9 and Writer’s Digest. Below you will find lots of exciting, interesting advice…we hope!

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How to Write Love Poetry

WLW Meeting - 17/02/2015

As it is Valentine’s Day it seems very suitable to talk about how to write love poetry. We will start at looking at the basics of  writing a love poem before looking at six elements that you could include in your poem. Finally we’ll look at ways you could improve your poem. Click below to …

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Improving Your Poetry

Improving Your Poetry

It has been a while since we posted some writing advice on poetry so we thought we’d look at a couple of articles on how to improve your poetry and how you’ll know when your poem is good.

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Happy Birthday Livingston – A Poem

Happy Birthday Livingston - A Poem

Back in 2011, Jenifer entered a competition called My Kind of Town where people wrote poems about the major towns and cities in Scotland with her poem Happy Birthday Livingston. One of the rules of the competition was that each poems had to be in a particular style. Jenifer was one of eight winners winning a set of limited …

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The Gift – A Series of Poems

A few weeks ago Anne E. Edwards read a series of poems called The Gift at one of our meeting. Today she asked me to share the poems on here. Anne wrote these poems while she was away at a writing retreat in Kippford with Alistair Paterson. If you’d like to read more of Anne’s …

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Write Poems about Nature

Due to our location at Linlithgow Canal Centre a lot of our writing at From The Blank Page To The Written Word focused on nature and the world around us. With this in mind we thought we should share from of the exercises Janis Mackay used that day, along with a few articles we found …

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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 …

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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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