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Writing a Short Story

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Jaron Winter

on 5 March 2014

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Transcript of Writing a Short Story

Writing a Short Story
Introductions: Setting
Activity 1: Finding Descriptive Words
Look at the picture opposite. Write down a list of 5-10 things you can see in the picture. Most of these words will be nouns, or naming words, such as: Tree, Water, Lake. Feel free to attach adjectives if you like, for example: White Snow, Clear Lake etc.
Activity 1 Continued: Adjectives, Verbs and Nouns
Now, write down 5-10 words that describe the nouns you have chosen. When choosing words, also consider your five senses. What can you See, Feel, Hear, Touch, Taste and Smell? These words will mostly be adjectives (describing words) such as: Imposing, Chilling, Brittle etc.
Activity 3:
Combining Sentences to create a description.
Repeat this activity until you have between 3 and 5 sentences. This will form a vital part of your introduction as you reveal the setting of your story.
Activity 2: Selecting Words to Describe your Setting
Activity 2: Creating Full Sentences
Link the words together using other words to form a sentence. Feel free to incorporate extra nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs on your list.
Activity 2: Extension
Activity 3:
Creating a Full Introduction
Repeat this activity until you have between 3 and 5 sentences. This will form a vital part of your introduction as you reveal the setting of your story.
Things to Consider...
If you need to describe something, find a picture or go and visit the real thing (if you can!) then you can do the previous activities for your story!
Create action in your setting using verbs. This will make your description more vibrant and engaging for the reader.
When you have characters for your story you can introduce them at the same time, as they interact with their environment.
Remember to be specific with your words. A tree may move, but the verbs: Sway, Rock, Whip, Float will give added meaning and make your description more specific to your location.
Select nouns, adjectives and verbs that add a mood to the description. Describing a park with playground equipment will make it seem friendly, describing it with dead trees with give a more eerie feel.
Now write down 5-10 things you imagine would be in the picture but you cannot see. What is in the background?What is in the water? What is hiding in the trees? These words will also probably be nouns.
Now write down 5-10 words that describe how the things in the setting might move. These will be verbs (or doing words) such as: Sway, Float, Run etc.
From deep within the tree cam the sound of a melodious chirp. It was the distinct sound of a skylark, chirping merrily in the frosted landscape.
Feel free to add extra verbs, adjectives, nouns or adverbs from the list to improve your sentence. You may also split the sentence to make it a more extended description.
From within the tree came a chirp, it was the sound of a bird singing merrily.
For example:

Tree (noun you can see)
Bird (noun you cannot see)
Chirp (something you can hear)
Sing (verb)
Merrily (adverb)
Now that you have a list of words, you can create a description of the setting using those words.

Choose a noun you can see, a noun you cannot see, an adjective that describes a sense, a verb and an adverb from your list.

Note: Try to choose words that link together.
Finally, write down an adverb for each of your verbs. Adverbs are words that add extra meaning to verbs and generally end in -ly. For example: Happily, Dangerously, Manically.
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