Tag Archive: words

Apr 10

Gathering vocabulary before you start writing

Gathering vocabulary before you start writing There are many ways in which you can start to write. If you are doing writing exercises it is perhaps different to already having an idea for a story or a poem or article. Then you already have a focus. If you are looking for inspiration you might look …

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Mar 12

‘Facts’ and Truth in Stories

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‘Facts’ and Truth in Stories In stories which are set in real places and real times it is natural and usual to include some ‘facts’ to give authenticity, or clues if you do not want to be too specific. You might mention actual street names, a famous person associated with a place or historical event …

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Jan 17

Keep it Short

Keep it short   You are going to write a very short story with, a beginning, a middle and an end in 500 words. The aim is to write well, keep the language concise (read Economy of Language before beginning this session) and to make it crisp and well paced. NB. A beginning does not …

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Jul 24

Writing away

Writing away Writing away is a very simple but effective writing exercise which works well if there are quite a few members present to share their, often very varied responses. It is also useful for extra practice of skills which have recently been covered. If  ‘viewpoint’ has been a recent topic then discuss the main …

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May 22

Writing Session: Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing

Writing Session: Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing   Group Session. A simple check, when editing, will ensure that you avoid repetition of words, and improve your writing. Using the same word, several times close together in a text is irritating on the eye, and suggests a lack of appropriate vocabulary. Even in …

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Apr 24

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve Your Writing

Avoid Repetition of Words and Improve your Writing   A simple check, when editing, will ensure that you avoid repetition of words, and improve your writing. Using the same word, several times close together in a text is irritating on the eye, and suggests a lack of appropriate vocabulary. Even in published novels you can …

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Apr 24

A Bit More Poetry

A Bit More Poetry Session 17 You will need to get copies of a couple of poems which are easily found on the internet or in The Oxfords Book of Children´s Poems: ‘The Land of Counterpane’ and ‘Escape at Bedtime’, both by Robert Louis Stevenson. Also two real favourites by John Masefield: ‘Sea Fever’ and …

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Apr 15

Books, Books and More Books for World Book Day.

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Books, Books and More Books for World Book Day.   How can two famous writers both have 23 April as the anniversary of their death and have died 11 days apart? I’ll come back to that, get your thinking caps on. St George´s Day, 23 April is celebrated in England, as St George is the …

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Mar 25

Figures Of Speech

Figures Of Speech   Sometimes what we read is not meant to be taken literally, it may need to be interpreted. If something is ‘literal’ then it means what it says, clearly and simply, exactly as written. Figurative language, needs to be interpreted. It is useful to aid description, provoke imagination and create imagery, especially …

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Feb 12

Dialogue In Time and Place.

  (You will need copies of the two poems mentioned; you can find them easily on the internet, and the Shakespeare dialogue, in the original and the transposed version The latter cut up into individual lines.) Keeping the dialogue in character is very important to ensure the reader finds it convincing. For a light hearted …

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