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The importance of setting in creative writing - have you got it right?

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ข๐ง ๐œ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  โ€“ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐จ๐ญ ๐ข๐ญ ๐ซ๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ญ? ๐‹๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง: ๐ฐ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก Many pieces of writing, whether it be for the English component of school entrance examinations or for IGCSE English Language benefit from a sense of place.

๐…๐จ๐œ๐ฎ๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐ฅ๐จ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง Essay titles in examinations are usually intended as wide-ranging prompts, provided as an invitation for the candidate to demonstrate the very best of his or her work. A title may invite candidates to write about a visit to a memorable place. The piece that candidates create may not necessarily be palm-tree-laden holiday-brochure purple prose. Visits to New Yorkโ€™s Ground Zero or concentration camps frequently produce memorable writing.

๐’๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ง๐š๐ซ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ It is useful if pupils acquire experience of describing a variety of locations. Writing a description of a crowded and grimy urban setting could provide an atmospheric setting for a detective story. In contrast, paragraphs chronicling an airy outdoor adventure could be utilised for a narrative of a challenging experience.

๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง Writing some descriptive pieces on places they have visited helps pupils to develop their descriptive skills. Having a few strong pieces stored in the memory bank prior to the examination also boosts confidence. Though candidates must ensure that the piece they write complies with the requirements of the title set in the examination.

๐–๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ž๐ฌ Pupils should transport their reader to the location by appealing to each of their five senses. Describe the colours of the sky. Find a simile that does justice to the fiery heat of the local food. Conjure up a metaphor for the enveloping crowd. Communicate the icy cold air. Bring the smell of the market to the readerโ€™s nostrils.

๐•๐š๐ฅ๐ฎ๐š๐›๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฌ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฌ Creatively and effectively describing locations is a key skill that gains valuable marks on both coursework tasks and examinations.

๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐š ๐“๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐‹๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฎ๐š๐ ๐ž & ๐„๐ง๐ ๐ฅ๐ข๐ฌ๐ก ๐‹๐ข๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ž ๐ˆ๐†๐‚๐’๐„, ๐€ ๐‹๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฅ / ๐ˆ๐๐ƒ๐ ๐Ÿ๐ซ๐จ๐ฆ ๐ญ๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ก๐จ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ฒ-๐ช๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐ข๐ ๐ก๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ž๐ฑ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž๐. For details of how we can help your child, please contact Valerie Weston on: Email: valerie.weston@minervatuition.com Phone: +852 6156 5705. We would be delighted to hear from you.



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