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Creative Writing

Tips for all Secondary School Students

Nadia Helal

on 13 March 2016

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Transcript of Creative Writing

The famous man raced through the country while he was crippled.
The man ran around the country.
Weak preposition
Weak noun
Weak verb
Adjective used
Better verb
Better preposition
The indomitable force, crippled from cancer, never let a country come between him and his dreams.
Although crippled, the ambitious athlete raced across the country.
*No adjectives/adverbs
Simple Sentence
Compound Sentence
Complex Sentence
What does it mean to be a Creative Writer?
Mnemonic Device: Atom scrapers

Full stop
Exclamation mark!
Question mark?

“For last year's words belong to last year's language. And next year's words await another voice.”
“It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.”
“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
“Meow” means “woof” in cat.”
“But if thought corrupts language,
language can also corrupt thought.”
“The menu is not the meal.”
Strong adjective and noun
Subordinate clause
What's your Angle?
Are you going to hammer out some humour?
Introduce a little irony?
Maybe a dash of drama...
With some satire on the side
Try two tablespoons of tragedy
And sprinkle some sophisticated language... you'll have the recipe for a perfect piece of creative writing!
= Alliteration/
= Triplets/Three
Embedded clause
Powerful adjective
*Imagery used
creative writer
is one capable of writing
the bounds of professional, journalistic, or
academic forms of literature.

The emphasis is typically on
development, and the use of
linguistic or poetic

Creative Writing Checklist
Activity One
Exploring sentence structure: Simple, compound, and complex
Recipe for success: Powerful verbs, adjectives, and adverbs
Punctuation Please: Think outside the box
Mnemonic devices: ATOM SCRAPERS
Other business: A* Requirements and more
Activity Two
Activity Three
Simple Sentences can be sophisticated!
Apparently students in poverty-stricken India work twice as hard as those in bountiful England.

The pessimistic forecaster predicted February could turn out to be one of the frostiest months of the decade.

Every Friday afternoon Marguerite awkwardly positioned herself by the curious post office box.
*Write TWO sophisticated SIMPLE sentences.
Compound sentences are a neglected species
Jennifer patiently awaited the 12:30 bus and to her dismay one arrived over half an hour later.

I want nothing more than to see my precious sister happy but something always seems to hold her back.

The historical post office was set to shut down in January because local capitalists couldn't support the dwindling business.
**Write TWO sophisticated COMPOUND sentences.
There are two types of Complex sentences
=Emotive language/ Exaggeration
=Rhetorical question(s)
=Senses (Imagery)
The man
, whose stout belly spilled over his trousers,
was fat

2) Although the man had a stout belly,
nobody called him fat

Both require a
main clause
and a subordinate clause.
Powerful Language
1. Be
2. Have
3. Do
4. Say
5. Get
6. Make
7. Go
8. Know
9. Take
10. See
1. Excel
2. Formulate
3. Design
4. Accommodate
5. Embarrass
6. Asphyxiate
7. Execute
8. Construct
9. Oscillate
10. Initiate
10 Weak vs. Strong Verbs
10 Weak vs. Strong Adjectives
1. Hot
2. Funny
3. Pretty
4. Hungry
5. Tired
6. Cold
7. Fat
8. Happy
9. Small
10. Big
1. Boiling
2. Hilarious
3. Noxious
4. Starving
5. Exhausted
6. Freezing
7. Unkempt
8. Exuberant
9. Abysmal
10. Majestic
10 Weak vs. Strong Adverbs
1. Slowly
2. Fast
3. Quickly
4. Very
5. Really
6. Totally
7. Actually
8. Probably
9. Usually
10. Hopefully
1. Fiercely
2. Furiously
3. Delicately
4. Saintly
5. Suddenly
6. Infallibly
7. Surreptitiously
8. Violently
9. Callously
10. Maliciously
*Make a list of 10 STRONG Verbs
**Make a list of 10 STRONG Adjectives
***Make a list of 10 STRONG Adverbs
**Write TWO sets of COMPLEX sentences
Band 5
Sophisticated and subtlety prevail; distinct reason for readers wanting to read this: Delightful/Flair/Originality
Subject matter/ideas presented in completely measured and effectively judged depth/detail
Artful and self-conscious use of language, with consistent crafting
for impact
Impressive exploitation of form for purpose and audience, with impressive sense of immersion in the chosen genre
High levels of whole text coherence; a strong sense of the text's wholeness
Paragraphs/other structural and organisational devices complement and fully support the purpose and thrust of the piece
Uses a range of punctuation highly purposeful and effectively; punctuation is another means to heighten impact of writing
Spelling is almost always accurate; accurate spelling of specialist or less commonplace vocabulary; impressive control over even highly irregular spellings
Varied and sophisticated sentence structure used to impressive effect
Cohesive features embedded throughout; sophisticated and impressively used
Semicolons and Colons
Where the meaning is closely connected, we can use semi-colons to link two ideas together as an alternative to full stops.

Some people like to get up early in the morning and get going; others are unable to do anything before nine or ten o’ clock.
You can use our flat at the seaside as long as you observe the following: you do not play loud music late at night; you remember to lock up whenever you leave; you clean up every morning before you go out; you replace any items that you break or damage.
Colons are generally used before a list. They can also be used to introduce quotations or direct speech.

There were many performers at the Superbowl: Katy Perry, Idina Menzel, John Legend, and more.
'Speaking to the entire nation on the radio, the Prime Minister began his address by saying: "More than fifty million people are now affected by the drought..."
**Write a pair of sentences using semicolons and colons
Using Imagery and more
**For each image write a sentence using imagery AND a rhetorical question.
Final Activities
Creative Writing Task
Of Mice and Men
' takes its title from an old Scottish poem by Robert Burns. Use a title or idea from a poem as the basis of your own piece writing.
Some Famous Titles...
If, Rudyard Kipling
Do not go gentle into that good night, Dylan Thomas
Lady Lazarus/Daddy, Sylvia Plath
Phenomenal Woman/Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
Carry Her Over the Water, W.H. Auden
Not Waving but Drowning, Stevie Smith
View of a Pig, Ted Hughes
A Blade of Grass, Brian Patten
Mid Term Break, Seamus Heaney
Brendon Gallacher, Jackie Kay
The Lady of Shallot, Alfred Tennyson
The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
The Highwayman, Alfred Noyes
The Daffodils, William Wordsworth
To a Mouse, Robert Burns
Metaphors and Similes
Five Powerful Metaphors

“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
“I'm oxygen and he's dying to breathe.”
“People say that eyes are windows to the soul.”
“Memories are bullets. Some whiz by and only spook you. Others tear you open and leave you in pieces.”
“Happiness is the china shop; love is the bull.”
Five Powerful Similes

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
“Love is like the wind, you can't see it but you can feel it.”
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
“A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.”
“Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?”
Quality over quantity
Has to feel
**Construct a powerful metaphor and simile about your views on life and love
Select one of the poems and use the title as the basis for your own piece of writing. Write a creative story using as many of the
language features
discussed as possible.
Time: 1 hour
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