Tag: Prose

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 …

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Building A Fictional World

Worldbuilding Workshop - WLW Meeting 28/04/2015

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 …

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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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How to Write Good Dialogue

A core technique of story telling is dialogue. Despite hearing dialogue on a daily basis it can sometimes be really hard to write believable dialogue. Today we hope to help solve this problem with the help of The Novel Doctor and Lit Reactor. However, before we get to them we are going to start with a …

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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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Dr Seuss’ Writing Advice

Dr Seuss' Writing Advice

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 …

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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 …

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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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