Tag: description

Jul 20

Colours of Nature on Lanzarote

Colours of Nature on Lanzarote   Many people who have never been to the island of Lanzarote, and some who have, seem to think that the island is barren, and without seasonal changes. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many artists, not least the island’s own César Manrique, have found the island a fabulous …

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Jun 12

Passive Detail and Active Detail in your Writing

Passive Detail and Active Detail in your Writing Task 1 Before looking at the information on ‘Passive Detail and Active Detail in your Writing’ ask the members of the group to write a short passage, in third person narrative, in which someone is afraid, in danger or confronted by a phobia. (10-15 minutes) Share and …

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Jun 12

Easy walking on Lanzarote

Easy Walking on Lanzarote There are many opportunities for easy walking on Lanzarote to suit all ages, abilities and levels of experience. For a small island such as this is, the choice is really extensive and the main problem is choosing where to begin! The good news is that you don’t have to embark on a …

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Mar 16

Carnival in Lanzarote

Carnival in Lanzarote   Carnival in Lanzarote is the most spectacular event of the year. In fact it is not a single event but a fantastic period that really starts months before when the groups begin designing their costumes, choreographing the routines of the walking floats, fund raising, choosing the music, writing the songs, co-operating …

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Feb 15

Testing your Powers of Description

Testing your powers of description: 1.We are going to begin  by testing your powers of description by thinking about describing ‘nothing’. Choose one of the following titles. Take a few moments to imagine the subject. Visualise it as clearly as you can. Titles:  An empty room A paper bag An empty box A blank sheet …

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Feb 06

Focus on the Action

Focus on the Action   Stories are essentially about what happens, so focus on the action in your writing. The psychology and emotions of the main characters may be very important, more so in some genres than others, but should be implied if they are thrillers, detective novels, adventures, quests, romances and so on, by …

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Jan 30

Book Review: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris

Book Review: Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris   Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris, the writer perhaps best known as the author of the highly successful book and acclaimed film, ‘Chocolat’, once again brings us a captivating story of human frailty and individual strength. Her engaging characters are never sugary …

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Jan 24

Myths, Legends and Story telling

Myths, Legends and Story Telling Myths, legends and story telling   Way back in ancient times of myths, legends and story telling in the oral tradition, ballads were sung, epic stories of battles, and myths and legends were told through poetry and recitation. History was preserved and handed down this way. But some stories were …

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Jan 12

Using the Senses in Descriptive Writing

Using the Senses in Descriptive Writing   Session 38 Good vocabulary, and using the senses in descriptive writing, about places and situations can make us feel as if we are actually there. This enables the reader to empathise with the characters and what is happening. The more senses you appeal to the better this will …

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Jan 05

Character Profiles

Character Profiles   You need a list, a questionnaire which you can use to plan your character profiles and get to know your characters. Write yourself a list of facts and character traits that you think are, or might be, relevant and list them, roughly in order of importance. I suggest 30 to 50 questions …

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