Creative Writing techniques

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There will be one task on this section of Unit 1. You have 45 minutes to spend on this task and a further 45 minutes to spend on Section B. 

Remember to manage your time properly. This task is worth the same number of marks as Section B so make sure you stick to the time limit of 45 minutes! 

The quality of your writing is key not the quantity. You should, however aim to write between one and two sides - this would be about average for someone who writes about 8 words per line. 

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Content and Organisation

· Have you shown understanding of the purpose and format of the task? 

· Have you shown sustained awareness of the reader / intended audience? 

· Is the content coverage detailed, and fitting for the purpose? 

· Do the paragraphs have a topic sentence? 

· Have you used a range of stylistic devices (rhetorical questions, emotive language etc) adapted to purpose / audience?

For top marks: 

· Is there a wide range of appropriate, extended vocabulary and is it used to create effect or convey precise meaning?

Sentence structure, punctuation and spelling.

· Is there appropriate and effective variation of sentence structures?

· Is there a sophisticated use of simple, compound and complex sentences to achieve particular effects?

· Is there accurate punctuation used to vary pace, clarify meaning, avoid ambiguity and create deliberate effects?

· Is virtually all spelling, including that of complex irregular words, correct?

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Writing techniques

· Rhetorical Questions

· Create a rapport with your audience by addressing them directly

· Emotive Language: Strong feelings are evoked through this technique. ‘

· Indirect involvement: ‘Imagine…/Think of…/Picture…’ The audience will be engaged through your use of this technique 

· Hyperbole: Exaggeration of key points can be very effective.

· Assertive Language: ‘Everybody knows…’/ ‘It is undeniable that…’ 

· Repetition: Repetition provides drama and can be used to really emphasise your point 

· Alliteration: Repetition of consonant sounds makes your writing more memorable 

· Statistics: These add authenticity to your writing, as they are facts used to support your points. 

· Humour: Very effective when used appropriately - it lightens the tone and can be very engaging for an audience 

· Personal Anecdote: This technique is personal so will inevitably interest your audience 

· Tone: Think carefully about the tone that you adopt. It must suit the audience and purpose. It can be angry, shocking, disgusted, happy or reflective 

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Opening and Conclusion

· Effective opening: Remember that the opening of your piece will provide the examiner with the first impression of your work so it should be interesting. You may want to open with one of the techniques described in this list 

· Strong conclusion: Conclusions are equally important as they leave a lasting impression of your work. Make sure that your piece ends in an engages the examiner right up to the last line! 

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