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Creating Realist Fictional Worlds

Creating Realist Fictional Worlds

Last week the website io9 asked six experts what their personal bugbears were when it came to people creating their own planets. We thought that the results would be of interest to our members so you’ll find them below along with a few other tips by creating wide and wonderful worlds.

First however, we need a quick clarification. While this post will mostly appeal to the science fiction and fantasy writers reading this website we feel that the advice below can help anyone creating a fictional world.

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WLW Meeting 18/02/2014

WLW Meeting 18/02/2014This week saw a huge turn out as we welcomed author, agent and publisher Allan Guthrie to give a workshop on getting published. To an audience of thirteen people – we almost ran out of chairs! – Allan gave us the following tips, ideas and suggestions:

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Character Goals and Themes

Character Goals and Themes

We all know that Character is an important part of any kind of story telling but how do we create characters that our readers can connect to. One way to do it is by giving each character goals and themes as suggested by Moody Writing and  Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft.

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The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel

The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel

After the visit of Allan Guthrie last night I thought we should continue that theme with this great post from Chuck Sambuchino on The Write Life about the Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel.

Taken from the 2014 Guide to Literary Agents, Chuck‘s post list quotes from a wide range of literary agents talking about their pet hates when it comes to the starts of novels. They cover everything from particular genres to how much description they like in their opening chapter. Below are a selection from Chuck‘s article, for the rest head over to The Write Life.

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Let’s Talk About Fear

Let's Talk About FearLet’s talk about the fear. The thing that holds you back and stops the words hitting the page. Every writer, including the most successful one, suffer from it. The good news however, is that you can over come it. How I hear you ask? Well you’ll find out below!

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Alistair Paterson’s Creative Writing Retreats

Alistair Paterson’s Creative Writing Retreats

Poet and creativity coach Alistair Paterson is running a couple of his wonderful writing retreats again this year. Taking place in the heart of Burns’ Country there is no better place to learn how to write with a sense of place. You can find out more below!

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Editing – Where to Start

Editing - Where to Start

Stephen King once said that

To write is human, to edit is divine.

Yet how do you become good at this divine art? Well let us at West Lothian Writers – and a few articles we found on the net help you! Everything you could possibly want to know is inside!

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164 Writing Tips from 17 Published Authors

Those of you who visited our old site will know about how we would trawl the internet to bring our members the best writing advice we could possibly find. What better way to re-start this tradition that providing you with a list of 164 writing tips from 17 famous authors all taken from the Gotham Writers.

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Who Is This Man?

Who Is This Man?For our second writing exercise we can thank Craig from [Untitled] for providing this great image to inspire countless poems and stories. So clear your diary for the next half hour or so and answer the question at the top of this article.

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WLW Meeting 04/02/2014

This week saw a smaller turn out than normal due to everyone being ill it seemed. We hope our members get better soon. Below you’ll find a news update, the work read tonight and the visiting author from last week.