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An Introduction to

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Katie Rice

on 14 April 2014

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An Introduction to

Your Job as a Writer
Put the reader in the
midst of the action
, letting him or her live through an experience
Make the audience
feel what you feel
: laugh, cry, or get on the edge of their seats

THOUGHTSHOT = Experience
A description of what the main character is thinking/feeling at a specific moment.

A thoughtshot can be defined as a snapshot that takes places in a character’s head.

What does a writer do to create a thoughtshot?
Figurative Language
Dialogue is an effective tools for adding flavor to your writing by defining the character or speaker,
conveying information in a colorful manner, setting the mood and scene, and breaking up large chunks
of narrative.

“The most important part of a car is the engine. If the engine doesn’t work, then the car doesn’t run. When you’re writing, verbs serve the same function inside of a sentence as an engine serves inside a car. If your verbs are weak, then your writing seems a bit like a worn out car that’s on its last few miles. If your verbs are strong, then your writing is usually more power just like my car when it zips onto Route 95 every day.”
- Georgia Heard
Paint a picture with your words, using the five senses – smell, hear, see, touch, taste.

Snapshots draw the reader into the story and allow it to come to life. Snapshots are created when a writer zooms in and looks closely at the details.

What does a writer do to create a snapshot?
Descriptive words and imagery
Figurative Language- Metaphors, Similes, personification, and Hyperbole

It was about six at night, and we were flying at about 40,000 feet in altitude. As I looked through the window, I could see tiny snowflakes develop like bacteria. Looking outside was truly amazing. I could see the tip of the wing shine in front of the sun setting colors in the background. As a transition of bright orange and ultramarine begin to form the black sky from above (or I should say space). I saw the scattered cirrus clouds stretch, looking like the crust of chicken tenders. Unfortunately, I couldn’t see the ant-like people and small buildings from below.”
Guidelines for Writing and Punctuating Dialogue
Begin a new
each time the speaker changes.
Enclose a speaker’s
exact words
in quotation marks.
Begin a direct quotation with a
capital letter
Set off a direct quotation with a
Establish the name of each speaker
the first time
that person speaks in the dialogue. You do not need to repeat the speaker’s name throughout the dialogue.
Avoid overusing the word
when writing dialogue.
Personal Narrative
is a form of writing in which the writer relates an event , incident, or experience in his or her own life. It allows you, as the writer, to share your life with others and let them vicariously experience the things that happen around you.
This is it,
I thought.
This is the big moment, and you’re blowing it.
My classmates looked on at me with hard, judging eyes; I deeply wanted to impress them, to fit in, to not be an outcast, to have friends. But all they did was giggle with spite. My heart burned with an agony and turmoil that I had never felt before, as all hope for being normal had suddenly vanished.
When I was eight, my father dragged me into my bedroom after I lit a folded pile of his shirts on fire. I sat on the edge of the bed, not looking up, my hands folded mannerly in my lap.
“What’s wrong with you?” he asked.
“Nothing,” I said.
“You lit my shirts on fire, boy? Where’d you learn that?”
“What? Daycare? You learned how to light shirts on fire at daycare?”
I froze and looked up the ceiling, trying to backtrack. I actually learned how to light matches by watching him light his pipe, but I couldn’t tell him that.
Active Voice
Passive Voice
The subject of an
active voice
sentence performs the action of the verb: “I throw the ball.”

The subject of a
passive voice
sentence is still the main character of the sentence, but something else performs the action: “The ball is thrown by me.
Avoid Unnecessary
“TO BE” Verbs
is, am, are, was,
were, be, being, been
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