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BELONGING- CREATIVE WRITING
Transcript of BELONGING- CREATIVE WRITING
WHAT TO EXPECT
Pictures as stimulus for a piece of creative writing
A phrase or sentence to use in a piece of creative writing
A sentence or paragraph to use as orientation
A title or choice of titles for a piece of writing
The whole paper will have a theme – eg. Importance of place in regard to belonging
WHAT TO AVOID
Using the plot of a recent movie or TV series
Using lots of characters, multiple settings ( eg. Lord of the Rings would look silly reduced to 800-100 words)
Writing about life in New York as a fabulously rich teenager whose parents have recently been killed in a car accident
Don't use the word 'belonging' to show it.
It is ok to write about what you know!
Think, plan then write
You have about 5 – 7 minutes to think and plan, then 33 minutes to write.
You need to start your thinking NOW – by developing possible storylines and situations
Planning in the exam is essential
However thinking, preparing and practising before the exam is also essential
Consider aspects of belonging in terms of experiences and notions of identity, relationships, acceptance and understanding.
Texts explore many aspects of belonging, including the potential of the individual to enrich or challenge a community or group. They may reflect the way attitudes to belonging are modified over time. Texts may also represent choices not to belong, or barriers which prevent belonging.
Perceptions of Belonging shaped by personal, social, cultural and historical contexts
Thinking about belonging
-In a new place
Ideas about belonging
-Limit to one or two characters. ( Three as a maximum)
-Focus on an incident that :
-allows protagonist to reflect or
-Shows something about belonging/not belonging
-Focus on showing characters inner world and create setting
Work on a small canvas
Get into groups of three and have a look at the photos. Record your individual responses before you share them with your group.
IF YOU GET A QUOTE.....
Who said it
Do the objects mentioned have a metaphorical value?
Then flip it to get some more diverse ideas
Note the key word challenges
Your story/creative writing must contain a basic message or theme.
-Face up to things –learn from experience- self discovery
-Be true to yourself
-Never give up – you can achieve
-Illusion and reality – appearances can be deceptive
-Deep down we are all the same kind of people
-Carpe diem – ‘seize the day’
-Good triumphs over evil
PLANNING – DECIDE ON A CORE MESSAGE
-We need friends
-Power of love to transform – true love
-Power of nature to transform
-The innocence of childhood/loss of innocence
*Alternatively/additionally you could consider using a conflict like tradition v progress or the individual v community as a basis for writing
MORE CORE MESSAGES
-Use the core idea to help find an ending
-Start with action eg. “X used the oar to push the boat out into the cold black water……”
-Decide on a structure – linear, cyclic, flashback
-Action – backstory – complication and events leading to climax - resolution
-Build up the tension to a climax
-End with what the character has gained from the experience – core message
Use senses to establish setting and key moments.
SHOW not TELL.
WRITING- RULE 2
WRITING RULE 3
USE INTERESTING VERBS TO PROPEL YOUR STORY ALONG
Use SOMETHING to symbolise the idea of belonging or not belonging in your creative writing.
SYMBOLS AND MOTIFS
-Creating the correct voice is essential in creating character and in achieving a cohesive story, especially if you are writing in first person.
-If you are writing in third person you need to adopt a voice that is fitting to your story in terms of content, setting and character.
-WHAT TYPE OF BELONGING/SITUATION ?
-WHAT IS THE CORE MESSAGE?
-HAVE I CREATED A SETTING?
-IS THE CHARACTER BELIEVABLE?
-HAVE I USED A SYMBOL OR MOTIF TO -ADD A METAPHORICAL LEVEL ?
-OTHER FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE?
-DO EFFECTIVE VERBS PROPEL MY STORY ALONG?
-HAVE I CREATED A CONSISTENT VOICE?