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Creative Writing. Thursday, September 29, 2011. TODAY ’ S TARGETS. Identify methods of developing plot in a story Define the various forms of narrative voice Evaluate the impact of different forms of narrative voice on your own writing. Word of the Day.

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Creative writing

Creative Writing

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Today s targets

TODAY’S TARGETS

  • Identify methods of developing plot in a story

  • Define the various forms of narrative voice

  • Evaluate the impact of different forms of narrative voice on your own writing


Word of the day

Word of the Day

disheveled \dih-SHEV-uhld\, adjective; alsodishevelled:

 In loose disorder; disarranged; unkempt; as, "disheveled hair."

His cheeks were perpetually rosy, and his thinning sandy brown hair was brushed straight back -- and disheveled just enough to suggest a man in a hurry. -- Kai Bird, The Color of Truth

I was known for my disheveled attire, messy desk and erratic work habits. -- Michael Isikoff, Uncovering Clinton

He was wearing a disheveled shirt buttoned up wrong and a belt outside the belt loops and even with the beanie on his head looked as always handsome. -- Susan Minot, Evening


Today s tasks

TODAY’S TASKS

  • Journal write

  • 2 truths and a lie

  • Writing portfolios

  • Have Spilling Ink homework checked

  • Developing plot ideas

  • Identify and determine your narrative voice

  • Quiz tomorrow

  • HOMEWORK:

    • Study for quiz tomorrow

    • Finish Narrative Voice assignment (if time permits to start this in class)


Journal write

Journal Write

  • Watch and write: What is the story here?


Writing portfolios

Writing Portfolios

  • A place to store your work in the classroom

  • A place to collect ideas that you can draw from later (or not depending on what inspires you at any given time)


To outline or not

To Outline or Not?

  • Spilling Ink Reading (pages 46-52) Read on your own and take notes on the following in your journal.

  • If you are going to write your story without an outline, what things do you need to consider when writing?  What ideas should drive your plot?  (46-52)

  • What should you do or think about if you find that your story is going in a different direction from what you had planned?  (53-54)

  • Review Question: Stories need conflict.  How can you develop conflict in a story, and how should this conflict relate to the goal/motivation/conflict chart?  How does this conflict drive the plot?


Developing plot

Developing Plot

  • To outline or not to outline?

  • Ideas for outlining

    • Four parts

  • Alternatives to outlining


To outline or not1

To outline or not

  • Spilling Ink Reading (pages 46-52) Read on your own and take notes on the following in your journal.

  • If you are going to write your story without an outline, what things do you need to consider when writing?  What ideas should drive your plot?  (46-52)

  • What should you do or think about if you find that your story is going in a different direction from what you had planned?  (53-54)

  • Review Question: Stories need conflict.  How can you develop conflict in a story, and how should this conflict relate to the goal/motivation/conflict chart?  How does this conflict drive the plot?


Ideas for outlining plot

Ideas for Outlining Plot

  • Write a timeline for your story

  • Brainstorm events then put them in order later

  • Establish events on a plot diagram (You know, the thing that looks like a mountain.)

  • Use ideas from “Blake’s Beat Sheet” (Thanks to author Pat White for this one. And on the topic of Pat White, she is interested in leading another creative writing group this year. Give me your name and email if interested, and I will pass the info along to her.)


Narrative voice spilling ink pages 69 76

Narrative Voice (Spilling Ink pages 69-76)

  • First person (I)

    • main key: The voice needs to be true to your character narrating and will be more personal.

    • Mick Hart Was Here, Flipped, Stargirl

  • Second Person (You)

  • Third person limited (He/She/It)

    • The Hunger Games

  • Third Person Omniscient (He/She/It)

  • Reliable or unreliable?

    • Unreliable: Think “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allen Poe

    • Reliable: Most other stories


Quiz overview

Quiz Overview

  • Define the different forms of narrative voice

  • Identify the key component in fiction

  • Identify the key things you need to consider about your character

  • Be prepared to tell your thoughts on how you think that you will plot your writing.


Narrative voice assignment

Narrative Voice Assignment

  • Select a scene that you wrote previously. It can be one of your journal writes.

  • Rewrite it from a different narrative voice.

  • Explain how this impacted the story or scene.

  • Purpose: Practice in narrative voice to see how a shift can impact the way the story/scene is told.


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