Today we will approach fiction. You experimented with poetry, now let’s see what we can do in the field of fiction. One step at a time, do not worry!
What are the stories that fascinate you the most?
What kind of books do you love most?
If you were a writer what would you write a book on?
What are the issues/themes you would love to develop?
When you read a novel, what catches your attention? The plot? The story? The characterization? The setting? The language? Try to be as specific as possible.
In your opinion, what does a writer do to make his characters come to life?
When is a story believable? What ingredients does a story have to have to make you “suspend the disbelief” and enter the fictional world as if it were the real world? What makes a story captivating?
Think of a book you really loved. What writing techniques did the author use to bring the story to life? Was it the wrenching appeal to your emotions, the vivid and brutal action scenes, or the high stakes facing a character?
Today we will experiment with some “freeflowing” writing generated by a video input and some guiding questions. It is just our first attempt to writing a story. We will learn to hone this skill. As a matter of fact, you need to bear in mind that a writer is the product of all the books he or she has read. Reading the works of skilled writers is a fabulous way to hone your craft and learn how to effectively employ the writing tactics that help you create your own captivating story.
Watch the following video and be inspired! The words below will help you find the right words to write about the story told in the video. At this stage it will be a story, that is a chronological account of what you watched.
play the violin, girl passionate about music, deaf, bullied, talented, envious contestant, competitive, bully, rich, spoilt, wants to win at all costs, unscrupulous, classical music contest, torn inside, weep, feels lonely and rejected, one day she sees a busker, creates a strong bond, works hard, performs with her new friend, attacked and abused by some of the bully’s friends, smashed violin, she can’t partake in the contest, the opponent rejoices, a taped violin, while playing she sees her past abuses, she acquires strength, the cocoon turns into a butterfly, she is free to express her music, audience speechless, give a standing ovation, she can’t hear, she bends her head in defeat, she can’t believe her eyes when she raises her head, fuming opponent.
What is the name of the heroine? Of her opponent or anti-heroine?
These two webpages will help us:
Let’s experiment with dialogue in a funny/creative/prompting way.
There will be five pairs.
Pair A: write the dialogue between the girl and the violinist.
Pair B: write the dialogue between the girl and her rival.
Pair C: write the dialogue between the violinist and the gang.
Pair D: write the dialogue between the rival and her piano teacher.
Pair E: write the dialogue between the girl and the violinist in hospital.
Writing a dialogue is not as easy as it may seem. It is not just a matter of opening and closing inverted commas! Let’s see what an editor’s suggestions on this aspect are:
You are the girl’s violin on the night of the performance. Write a dialogue between the violinist and the violin itself.