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Oct 30

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear.

Though his words were slurred their meaning was clear.

Sometimes all you need to lift your writing and make it more interesting is a really good sentence, or even just a turn of phrase.

  1. Cut up and hand out :

Look at the sentence below.

What is your first impression of the character who says it or to whom it relates?

In what genre/style of book or books do you think it might appear?

‘He walked towards the store with the feeling he was still in the mood to rid the earth of some unnecessary  humans.’

 

Look at the sentence below.

What is your first impression of the character who says it or to whom it relates?

In what genre/style of book or books do you think it might appear?

‘It only matters that an irritating life has ended, so the rest of us can live in a slightly better measure of peace.’

 

Look at the sentence below.

What is your first impression of the character who says it or to whom it relates?

In what genre/style of book or books do you think it might appear?

‘Only a lawyer could ruin your day after he‘s already dead.’

 

Look at the sentence below.

What is your first impression of the character who says it or to whom it relates?

In what genre/style of book or books do you think it might appear?

‘Dead Lawyers don’t lie.’

 

Share and discuss responses in pairs and then as a whole group

 

2. It is equally true that a good sentence or phrase can be enough to get the imagination going and it could become the starting point for a whole story-line.

Look at the following sentences:

  • The homeless man smelled of the sewer and forgotten dreams.
  • He had no intention of dying inside, even though he was.
  • The piranha gathered and gorged on the hapless feast.
  • Theirs was a mutual attraction and a mutual destruction.
  • Though his/her words were slurred the meaning was clear.

 

Choose one and using the ‘mind map’ layout explore ‘what ifs?’ in regard to what this story might be about and where it might go.

eg:

She had thought he was interested in her

but he was telling her he was gay!                               He meant it was over between them

 

 

Though his/her words were slurred the meaning was clear.

 

She was drunk but  No means No!             He was in shock but was clearly saying he had witnessed a murder!

 

 

 

Work outwards from each successive idea, seeing where it might lead.

After 5 – 10 minutes share ideas with a partner and discuss your preferred plot-line.

*If you are not happy with it at this stage choose another and spend five minutes or so doing the same with that.(

3. You have 30 – 40 minutes to write the introduction to a novel; or a short story; or a poem; or an article prompted by your preparation so far.

 

Share and discuss the outcomes and their further potential.

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