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Writing for Children

Writing for Children

Quite a few of our members write stories for Children and we thought we’d people by uploading some tips for Writing for Children. These tips comes from Writers and Artists, Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft and Writing.ie and can be found below the break.

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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.

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Coming Up With A Title

Coming Up With A TitleThe 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 really interesting pieces of advice, hints and tips that I thought I should share with everyone else, which can be found after the break.

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10 Tips For Writing Short Stories

10 Tips For Writing Short Stories

According to Writers’ Relief May is Short Story Month so we at West Lothian Writers think this is a good excuse to talk about Short Stories and provide you guys with some advice when writing them. In fact we thought we would give you guys 10 Tips for Writing Short Stories. Of course these tips can be used for any short form fiction.

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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 can format your manuscript anyway you wish to. These are guidelines.

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Ray Bradbury’s Writing Advice

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

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 some of the rules are far from helpful – even if they are meant in a nice way.