5 TWC Strategies for Writing Stories
Writing a strong story can be challenging if you do not have the right techniques, strategies or skills. A lot of thinking skills are involved in the process of writing, so a learner needs to learn how to organise their thoughts and ideas efficiently and quickly, especially in an examination situation.
TWC's writing programme takes learners deep into the writing process, so that the acquired strategies, techniques or skills also develop our learners' intellectual capacity. Here are 5 strategies that we have taught our children to use when writing stories.
Strategy 1. K.I.S.S. YOUR PLOT
For Continuous Writing, students are given the liberty to provide a creative slant on a given topic. However, some students make the mistake of interpreting this requirement as producing an epic plot replete with mind-boggling action and melodrama.
Trying to shoehorn a number of considerably great ideas into a short story is a recipe for disaster. Unlike a novel or feature film, a student would not have sufficient time to flesh out all the details in their story. Therefore, when planning their plot, students should endeavour to Keep It Succinct and Simple (K.I.S.S.).
Strategy 2. START WITH A BANG
A lengthy introduction can be the result of a student misjudging the transitions between scenes. In the examination, some students get cold feet and compensate for the lack of strong problem in their story by developing a long introduction.
As a significant amount of time has been dedicated to setting the scene with unnecessary details, most students end up rushing through their conclusions with choppy descriptions. An introduction of considerable length with a prolonged rising action usually results in minimal focus on the topic. Often, this would yield a low content grade in their Continuous Writing. Since the introduction is the first thing that the reader reads, it is important for a student to grab their attention and begin their story with a bang. To engage and inject excitement into the story, a student may begin with basic "start with a bang" strategies: a speech, a thought, a feeling, a sound or an action. More sophisticated strategies can be introduced thereafter.
AVOID A GROCERY LIST OF DESCRIPTIONS
Conventional wisdom has it that memorising phrases is the key to unlocking one’s improvement in their Continuous Writing grade. However, in the midst of recalling and regurgitating these phrases, one loses either awareness of or precision in their descriptions.
Furthermore, the sentences in such a student’s story are likely to lack variation in length and structure. When ideas are strung into a list of descriptions, a reader’s engagement with the text is lost.
DEVELOP A GRIPPING CLIMAX
Every story should have a climactic moment where a character is challenged to address a problem or dilemma. Nothing destroys the reader’s intrigue like resolving a character’s struggle with a sweeping statement.
Not to mention, logic gaps in a climax may further weaken a student’s content grade. To deliver excitement in the climax, one has to visualise the tension in their head and empathise with their main character.
END WITH STYLE
A conclusion should aim to provide a thoughtful end to a story. Unfortunately, many students leave this portion vague with an ambiguous statement like, “I hope this will never happen again.”
On the other hand, a student might introduce a new idea at the end of their story. This hints at an attempt to make up for an incomplete structure, leaving the examiner doubtful of the student's comprehension of the topic.
Speak with us to find out how our Writing Enrichment programme can equip your child with the skills, techniques and strategies to produce stellar stories!
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