Anne Marie’s Creative Writing Tips.
- Establish a credible setting: use evidence, quotes physical and emotional spaces. Use similes and metaphors to extend your description.
- Think about structure: Where is the end point of the story. What are the series of events, complications and climax that shape the structure.
- Who is the protagonist? Is there an antagonist?
- Play with your sentence structure. Try short/long sentences – look for effect.
- Play with imagery/patterns of imagery/symbolism.
- Use figurative language sparingly but not clichéd.
- Go for the simple language/ simple sentence. Cut the adjectives and see the effect.
- Go for atmosphere – try and create a relaxed or tense mood. Think about pathetic fallacy.
- Give a credible ending – open ended/cliff hanger or tying up loose ends.
- Where is the climax? Is there a denouement?
- Is there symbolism inherent within the text? Repeated motif.
- Can you make any allusions to classical/popular culture?
- Is there a postscript?
- Do minor characters play a part?