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Tips For Young Writers
Tips For Young Writers
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Tips For Young Writers


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  • 1. A basic guide to writing narratives, for young writers. Marg Murnane Hawkesdale P12 College
  • 2.
    • Remember the KISS principle . Keep it Simple Simon
    • Plan first – use the OPCRC template to help you plan –
        • Orientation
        • Problem
        • Complication
        • Resolution
        • Conclusion
  • 3.
    • Keep your ending simple – resolve the problem without having your characters die or wake up. The ending doesn’t have to be spectacular.
    • Refer to your plan . Write one or two paragraphs for each of the 5 headings you use to plan – OPCRC
    • Edit you work for
      • Punctuation and spelling
      • Adjectives
      • Paragraphs
  • 4.
    • Write your narratives from things you have experienced. I could not write a story about surfing or motor bike riding as I have never done those things.
    • I have been to a big city so I could write about getting lost in a city (I know what that feels like), the crowds, the traffic, the sights and sounds of the city etc.
    • Never think that your experiences are boring or mundane. They can make for a great story.
  • 5.
    • A favourite holiday – you would be able to write about the plane/train/bus/car/ferry trip.
    • A hospital stay – you are able to write a story which involves visiting someone, or someone being in hospital.
    • Ever been in an ambulance ? What was that like?
    • Farm life – milking cows, shearing, harvesting?
    • Bush walking – what gear do you need? Shelter?
    • Camping – campfire stories, spooky at night?
    • Fishing – casting, fishing, gutting, eating a fish
    • Shopping – funny experiences, new people etc.
  • 6.
    • Sadness
    • Disappointment
    • Happiness
    • Excitement
    • Fear
    • Nervousness
    • Anger
    • Think of times when you felt some sort of emotion and use it to write a great story.
  • 7.
    • KISS principle
    • Refer back to your plan – but of course you can change things as you go
    • Write from what you know
    • Skip chunks of time
    • Edit for spelling, punctuation and grammar
    • Add adjectives where appropriate
    • Add similes where appropriate
    • Use paragraphs
    • HAVE FUN