5 Questions You Can Ask Yourself as You’re Preparing and Writing Your Module C Imaginative

 

Creative writing is a such a challenging art form to master, especially in time for your trials/HSC exams. There are so many things you have to think about balancing in order to produce the story you want.

 

So, to help you out, we asked our English tutors to compile a list of 5 questions you can ask yourself to help make sure you write a high-quality imaginative piece.

 

Question 1: How is your story going to be structured?

It is vital that you think about the structure of your story before you begin writing. How is the story going to end? What are the big complications? What events connect everything together?

Having an idea of how all these things shape your story will make sure your story stays on track and hits those key points from the marking criteria.

Question 2: Who is your protagonist?

You can’t have a story without the main character, so you must think about who that’s going to be and how they can best portray your message.

 

Do they have a counterpart? Is there an antagonist? Who are they and why are they there?

Question 3: Where is your protagonist?

Closely linked with the previous tip, you must also think about where your story is based. Why did you choose here? How does this help tell your audience a little more about your intentions and help best deliver your message?

 

Make sure you establish a credible setting: use evidence, quotes, physical and emotional spaces. What you tell us and the amount you tell us all works to build your story. Do your descriptions match the attitude of the character/narrator who’s letting us into their world?

Question 4: Why did I use that technique?

Now that the big “story” is out of the way, you are going to want to focus on best delivering your message. Have you just flooded your piece with metaphors, similes, and other techniques because you want to “showcase” that you can put them into a story? Or have you thought about why you used that technique there?

It’s very important that you think about everything you do, and you don’t just include something for the sake of it. Your marker can differentiate between the student who randomly throws in metaphors and irony and the student who has thought about why they used that literary device.

Question 5: What about the more complex devices?

Finally, have you thought about including a more complex literary device in your story? Whilst implementing this can be trickier, it’s always a good idea to think about including things like symbolism, repeated motifs, allusions, vignettes etc. They will make your story much richer (if implemented correctly) and help you produce higher quality pieces.

 

So, there you have it. Those are our 5 questions you should ask yourself whilst preparing and writing your imaginative piece for Module C. Happy writing everyone!