Tag: Short Stories

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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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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Writing Advice from Stephen King

Writing Advice from Stephen King

One 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 …

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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 …

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Do You Need More Conflict?

  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 …

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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 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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