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Sizzling Starts

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Ros Munro

on 15 February 2015

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Transcript of Sizzling Starts

Let your imagination fly!
Hook the reader!

Sizzling Starts
Try using literary devices by personifying these objects:
PERSONIFICATION
-
the sky on a stormy night
the stars on a clear evening
trees in a scary forest
3 WORDS, 1 SIZZLING START
Use these three words to create a sizzling start - be as original, quirky, creative or silly as you like:
FROG
TROUSERS
LET'S USE IMAGERY THIS TIME!
Describe the scene of a
backyard BBQ
...what do you
see
,
hear
,
smell
,
taste
and
feel
around you?
Say '
No!
' to boring beginnings
Once upon a time...
The once was a boy...
I woke up and... I got dressed... and I had breakfast
She opened the window. Then she looked outside. After that she closed the window...
The warmth of the sun's rays gently tugged at my eyelids.
"I hate you!" screamed Charlie. He stomped to his room and slammed the door with such fury, the very hinges shook.
Oh no, not again, I thought. Who could possibly be at the door at this hour of the night?
The clouds readied themselves across the horizon; the anger was clear in their darkness. The deadly wind began screeching, hurling water bombs down from the stormy skies; they hit their target with such fury that the people below scattered like frightened deer during hunting season.
CACTUS
Personifying the setting instantly draws your reader in...no boring "The storm was heavy and it began raining."
This is a much better introduction - using
personification
- than a boring "It was morning but I didn't want to get up."
Starting with dialogue is a great way to introduce the character, problem, location and even mood!
You only have 5 minutes!
Now that you have practiced great ways to hook your reader (
SIZZLING STARTS
), it is your turn to write for a
whole 40 minutes.
Remember:
use literary devices
begin with original, creative vocabulary
change paragraphs for the following:
TIME changes
LOCATION moves
NEW CHARACTER is introduced
NEW THOUGHT is made
remember, NEW LINE for NEW SPEAKERS
LET'S WRITE!
This thought is a great way to hook the reader and get them thinking "What or who is at the door? What is wrong?" It forces the reader to question, and to read on.
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