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Writing Dual Narrative
Transcript of Writing Dual Narrative
Bring it to an end
Do you leave it with a clear ending or a cliffhanger?
Decide on the most satisfying point for the story to finish - don't just keep spinning it on. You can write yourself OUT of marks...
Show, don't tell
Let us see their emotions. Let us see their actions.
Don't just tell us what they did.
Try shortening the
Try reducing each to one paragraph, then one sentence, then one word.
Remember the importance of crafting in the mark scheme
Heighten the emotions
Use emotive adverbs and powerful similes and metaphors to show the strength of their feelings.
Use the weather and settings to represent how they feel.
One might notice the constant rain while another sees only the glint of sun that peeks through the clouds.
Solving the problem
Who gets the upper hand and how?
Solutions don't necessarily make everyone happy...
Show the other side
Surprise the reader by showing a subtly different perspective.
Try to mirror the ideas of character 1, revealing the situation from another perspective
Your turn. How do these situations develop into a catastropic difference?
Write a parallel pair of paragraps exploring the development of contrasting emotions - so that the first person's joy is in stark contrast to the fear and hate in Maude.
Begin with your two characters in similar situations but show they both understand the situation differently.
E.g. Sister Maude is happy to be with her sister- but the poem's persona dreams of something more
Introduce a problem
You need to create a sense of impending disaster. Make the reader feel uncomfortable
It was dark in the library and the words of our governess, Miss Purchess, battered my ears like heavy rain on glass. Latin words were recited, over and over. Outside, children screamed and laughed in the spring sunshine. I longed to be with them.
Maude and I shared secret looks, pulling faces and suppressing giggles, whenever Miss Purchess looked down at her books. We were together then, sisters, friends, allies.
If I had known then how she would betray me, I would have left her alone in the library and never come back.
Maude loved the days they spent together in the library, listening to Miss Purchess going on and on about a long dead language. Though the room was cold and dusty, they always found a little beam of sunshine that poured in through high windows and basked in it. She wasn't jealous of the children outside - so long as she had her loyal sister beside her.
The looks and laughter they shared made the days easier to bare and Maude knew no-one would ever come between them. Sisters to the end.
But then he had come - and ruined everything.
Stepping out of the darkness of the library, the midday sun blinded and I stood, blinking, on the stone steps. It felt as though I were stepping out of a prison and into the real world.
Maude was laughing saying something about our plans for the rest of the day, but I couldn't make out the words. My attention had been caught by the most beautiful young man I'd seen in my life. My breathe escaped in a gasp.
I knew he would change my life.
She felt sad to be leaving the library behind. It might have been dark, but there it was just the two of them, together, making the best of what came along. The dazzling sunlight hurt her eyes.
She turned to her sister, trying to remind her of their plans to go out, into town, and buy a dress for the party. Maude would be fifteen in just a few days.
But her sister wasn't istening. She was
staring at a man, at a thief, who would
steal her away. Forever.