We were in Dracula’s castle sited on the remote Tihuta mountain pass where the Victorian Gothic novelist Bram Stoker based the home of his fictitious vampire – two days’ carriage ride from Bistrita in northern Transylvania.
Give two pieces of evidence which suggest that Bram Stoker wrote the novel Dracula more than 100 years ago.
Context questions: you must (1) give a definition of the word and (2) explain how the information around it links with this idea. It is a good idea to quote a further word which means something similar.
Contrast: ensure evidence given displays clear opposites .
Word choice: consider what the word means and what is suggests .
How ideas are carried on: quote words with similar meaning and explain what they suggest.
Think about the particular connotations linked with the word and what it is being used to suggest.
Skinny vs slender.
Home vs house.
Antique vs old.
Devour vs consume.
Assertive vs pushy
Sentence Structure Gives extra information, a personal comment, or further explanation. Parenthesis Highlights difference between two sides Sentences with a repeated pattern but with a contrast in ideas. Places emphasis on a particular part. Sometimes used to build up tension towards end (climax). Unusual word order in sentence Chatty style or create tension. Minor sentences (no verb) Used to suggest tone e.g. questions may show confusion or anger. Questions/exclamations/commands Gives detail or shows complexity. List (possibly following a colon or dash) Places emphasis on a certain idea. Repetition of words or phrases Complex sentences often used to show complex ideas; short sentences have impact. Long and complex/short simple sentences
In creative and personal writing, aim to describe places, people and events rather than simply stating.
Rather than saying, ‘Hannah seemed angry,’ you could say, ‘ Hannah shoved her way into the room. Her face was verging on purple, a piercing look in her eye.’
The verbs and adjectives you use can suggest a lot more and can create mood/atmosphere; ‘The room was filled with abandoned toys; rusted tin soldiers, dolls with fading dresses and teddies revealing their stuffing. Underfoot, the floor creaked and groaned…’
Illustration: Her face was splashed across every tabloid. The phone was ringing off the hook. It seemed everyone wanted a piece of her. What made her so popular? Not much. A link with a star, slight bending of the truth and cha-ching, instant cash!
Anecdote: Recently I’ve struggled to understand why certain people are given so much attention in the media. Take Jordan for instance. Every time I pick up a magazine I seem to come across a detailed account of her life in LA, her struggling relationship, her drunken nights out… Is this success?