Issues Students have• They feel like they are totally uncreative - they don’t know how to “make up” a story.• They have an idea of what they want to write, but don’t know how to go about it (how should it start?).• They don’t know what makes a good creative writing piece.
• Drafting up a creative writing piece on Belonging that you can prepare and take into the exam is as important as the essay!• Writing a creative piece on the spot…will NOT turn out well. Unless you’re a creative writing genius. But even then, think of all the reknowned authors in the world – I’m sure they had to write several drafts!
• 1. What ideas about Belonging are you going to convey in your creative?• First of all, let’s start with thinking about Belonging ideas, rather than the creative piece itself. You should choose 2-3 ideas that you think you want to write about or that you find the most interesting.• If you’re unsure about what ideas about Belonging there are – just think about the ones in your essay! It could be things like:• Belonging and identity: belonging gives us a sense of identity.• Belonging and conformity: belonging depends on us conforming to the group/society.• Belonging to people, place and culture• Belonging and choice: we have control over whether we belong or not
You can then think about how these ideas relate to your character:• Will your character gain a sense of identity through belonging in the story?• Will your character struggle to belong because they refuse to conform?• Will your character feel a sense of belonging to a particular place?• Will they struggle to belong to a new culture?• Will your character choose not to belong?• Will your character find themselves forced to belong anyway?
2. What is going to be the premise of your creative?• By “premise”, I mean….what is the basic background or situation that the story will occur in?• The premise is very important to your creative, because that is what will set your creative apart from others!• Think simply about WHO and WHERE. There is usually no need to discuss WHEN, as it is too difficult/confusing to write about another time (past/future) in a short creative piece.
2 basic examples• A migrant family arriving in Australia. (You can vary this up by having refugees or illegal migrants instead. Or using another country besides Australia.)• A school student struggling to belong in school. (Make this more creative by thinking about reasons why they may be struggling. Perhaps they are deaf?• A young family moving to a new town. (Why are they moving? A new job?)
More creative examples The fact that they “don’t belong” is quite obvious:• A homeless person living on the streets.• A mentally ill patient in an asylum.• A drifter travelling from town to town.• A circus performer moving from town to town with the circus.
Examples of less obvious instances of “not belonging”:• A middle-aged business worker, who has worked at the same company for over 10 years.• An old, retired man, living in a nursing home.
3. Fleshing out your premise and structuring itOnce you have selected your premise, really flesh it out.• Who is the main character/s?• What is going to happen to them during your creative? (the Belonging “complication”)• What are they going to realise at the end? (the Belonging “resolution” or “realisation”).
Note• The prevoius points are important, because your creative MUST have a complication of some sort and there MUST be a resolution/realisation.• Without these aspects, the creative piece is pointless. There would be no point in reading something that JUST has a complication without some sort of finality, because then it would simply be the character complaining on and on and on!• The worst thing is to read a story where at the end nothing has changed.