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Backstory and When It Becomes A Problem

Backstory and When It Becomes A Problem

Let’s go back in time and look at backstory and what it is, how it can improve your story and how it can damage your tale. Before we go any further we need a definition and we’ll use the same one Write Divas uses – Wikipedia! A backstory, background story, back-story or background is a set of events invented for a …

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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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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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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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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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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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