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Creating a Writing Idea Bank
• Allows you to be prepared for any exam situation.
• Have one complete story prepared and well learnt.
• Additionally, a bank of characters, settings, motifs and plots will allow you to always be familiar with what you are writing about in exam conditions.
• “Blanking” in exam situations.
• “Ghost” takes over.
• Write down any thought that comes into your mind without editing it.
• Builds the discipline of writing and means something is on the page: well-formed sentences, suitable length piece.
Using the Stimulus to Build A Character
• Use the stimulus to inspire you and start your writing.
• Deconstruct the image
– don’t just describe how it looks.
• Not just people – animals, objects.
• Who is this man?
• What is his job?
• What are his interests?
• What’s his family like?
Creating a Setting
Is it a fictional or
How big is the setting?
How will the feel of the setting impact your story?
Fiction or Non-Fiction?
• The Board of Studies prefers realist writing rather than fantasy.
• Make sure you’ve been there and know what it is truly like.
• Make sure you have well-thought out the details of your non-fictional place!
• Important to balance a small, manageable setting with scope.
• Community or village
Impact of feeling?
• Is it overwhelming, scary, busy, modern?
• Is it comforting, safe, familiar?
• Is it boring, constrictive, limiting?
• Is it exciting, new, challenging?
• Is it sinister, dark and mysterious?
welcome to this lesson on further creative writing now this is relevant to area of study students who are currently in year 11 standard or year 11 advanced English in previous videos we've already examined the basics of creative writing for your area of study however in this video we're going to extend on some of those ideas and look at how we can make your work even better now the first idea which I have proposed to you is to create a Creative Writing bank now this will allow you to be prepared for any exam situation essentially a Creative Writing bank is just your compilation of all of your ideas structures characters plots themes anything you can think of this will ensure that you not only have one complete story prepared and well learn perhaps even memorized but you also have something else to fall back on when perhaps the stimulus is a little bit funny and it doesn't quite fit what you've already prepared a bank of characters settings motifs and plot will allow you to always be familiar with the content you're writing about just like if you are writing an essay you wouldn't want to be making things up on the spot and thinking of quotes which you hadn't thought about in months when you're doing a creative writing piece you really want to have your bank to fall back on so that you always are familiar with your content and that your writing is going to be flowing because the ideas are already solidly explored in your mind automatic writing is another thing which you can use in order to increase the quality of your writing now we've all been in those situations while we get into in exams and we seem like we're going to blank perhaps you look at your creative writing stimulus and it really has nothing to do with the story that you've prepared however instead of completely blanking and not writing anything down the technique which you can employ is called automatic writing or ghost writing where the ghost inside you takes over now this technique you can use for two different concepts you can either use it actually in exams if you blank or you can more importantly use it as a training exercise because what it does is it allows you to write down any thought that comes into your mind without editing it so as the ideas come into your mind you're writing them down on the page as quickly as you possibly can getting out all your thoughts all your stream of consciousness written down this will allow you to build the discipline of writing and means that there's going to be something on the page often what happens is that once you get going with this you're really able to then think of an idea snap back into form and then produce a creative piece exactly as you planned so it's a really good way of getting your head in that right space to produce a good piece of writing so as we've discussed in creative writing it's not just about the story which you've prepared it's about using the stimulus and in particular it's about using the stimulus to build a character so you must use the stimulus to inspire you and then to start your writing you're not just describing what's in the picture but you're using it as an inspiration to do with your area of study theme so you're deconstructing the image not just how it looks but really how it feels what the essence behind it is and perhaps what some of the characters connotations could be for your area of study story it's also important to realize that if your stimulus contained doesn't contain a person so it contains an animal or an inanimate object that's definitely something which you can use to create a character characters don't always have to be people so if we look at this picture for example why not just saying he has brown eyes we're asking who is this man what is his job what are his interests these sort of questions which get your mind flowing get you asking yourself who is this character how can I relate it to my area of study what's his family like so perhaps if your area of study was belonging you could use an exploration of this man's family to represent belonging to a family things like that which really get you thinking about the area of study at a deeper level so while you're creating a setting you must ask yourself a number of questions in order to create a setting which is both authentic interesting and also highly creative so you're asking yourself is it a fictional place or a non-fictional place how big is the setting how the feel of the setting impact your story all of these different elements which you have to consider because obviously the impact of the setting is going to be pretty substantial if you choose a terrible setting which are unfamiliar weird you can't really describe properly and you can't work with your story as a whole isn't going to be as accurate and interesting also when you're considering the fictional and non-fictional aspect it's really important to note that the board of studies prefers realist writing rather than fantasy and this is probably to do with the fact that realist writing is as a general rule of a higher quality due to the familiarity leads to authenticity golden rule which we previously discussed you also need to make sure that you've either been there to the setting or that you truly know what it's like so don't just imagine what it's like but go and look at pictures or go and read information and then use that to reconstruct your setting through your narrative you need to also make sure that you have a well thought out details of your non-fictional place so you really know those little details which are going to make you stand out to the marker details are obviously the most important thing in a story and make you stand up from the average candidate little details to do with your character little details to do with your setting all of these sort of elements build up your story and create a really cohesive story which addresses a number of issues good then asking yourself how big is this setting so it's really important to balance a setting which is small and manageable with also one that has enough scope to something actually interesting to happen in the setting so while you might think oh I'll set my story in an entire country that's too broad and generic to really successfully be able to create assessing so perhaps something like the world or a country is going to be to larger setting for your gear we build it and construct it properly however something like a community or village a neighborhood or a house are perhaps in a more manageable level so that your descriptive language skills can really take over and completely construct this setting at an excellent level you also need to consider the impact of feeling now obviously all of these factors are dealing with each other and the size is going to impact feeling so you're thinking things like is the setting overwhelming scary busy or modern so you might be considering for example a girl who's moved from the country to the city and is finding it difficult to belong in this big town is it comforting safe or familiar so for example if you're looking at a story about a mother and a child reading a bedtime story and how they belong in a family unit that could be a really interesting way of addressing that theme is it boring constrictive or limiting for example an office worker who feels like he doesn't belong to his artificial environment is it exciting new and challenging for example an astronaut who's ventured to another planet and felt like he's found belonging in something greater than his own earth or is it sinister dark and mysterious these are all different moods which you can consider to create a setting which is not only accurate but also really sensory and interesting to read so things that once the marker is reading them they're going to be engaged and interested to read more and feel like they really are there in that ticular setting