Tag: Story/Descriptive Writing

The Broad Outline

The Broad Outline The Broad Outline: When faced with an essay topic, one must start thinking along these lines:   Read more →...

The Breakdown

The Breakdown Let’s break down these terms: THEME: This is essentially what your story is about. It is the main message or story line. (1) Your main message or story line must be strong as the development of your characters; conflict, climax etc will also fail to develop properly and thus lose the attention of…...

Description

Description   (a) You must be able to employ all senses in your description! You want your reader/audience to visualise what you are saying and experience the emotions behind the imagery. (b) You can describe by using: – figures of speech like similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration & personification as much as possible to make your…...

Characters

Characters Decide how many characters are necessary for your story to develop the way you want it to, keeping in mind that the fewer characters you use, the easier the job of developing the story properly. Therefore, identify your MAIN character and his/her role & your SUB CHARACTER/S and his/her/their roles. Characterisation is also important.…...

Dialogue

Dialogue This has its advantages and disadvantages. Only use once needed & ensure that your essay is not too swamped with it, that your story line is lost/ becomes disinteresting. REMEMBER: It is a Caribbean examination & patois is acceptable in dialogue/quotations ONLY. Make your dialogue as comprehensive as possible.   Read more →...

Style

Style There are varying styles of writing your essay. Remember that the purpose of a descriptive piece is to bring your story, make the imagination flow and make the reader believe, enjoy and understand your thoughts. First Person: i.e. use of yourself as the main person telling the story. In these types of stories, the…...

Other Techniques

Other Techniques Some techniques that make a story interesting: A surprise ending Suspense A sudden twist in the plot Irony Strong emotional appeal – touching the reader’s emotions deeply Humour- a light touch that is, making the reader smile or laugh The use of short sentences for dramatic effect. Avoid overdoing this though. The use…...

Sample Essay

Sample Essay “Better Late Than Never” by Yolanda Paul There he was again, peeping through the window with worn, yellow eyes. His coat was moth-eaten and quite shabby. His skin was dirty as though it had not been scrubbed and cleaned thoroughly in quite some time. His shoes had many holes allowing too much ventilation…...