24-28 September 2012

This is a lab week.  You each have approximately two units remaining to work on.

If you choose poetry, a few reminders that the packet instruction page is weird:

  1. The form instructions are not on pp 33-34, but on pp 23-24.
  2. The imitation poem sample is not on p 35, but on p 25.
  3. We did not do style entries, so you cannot complete poem #2.  Instead, write two different poem #5’s.

Also, a quick reminder for fiction.  This was the list we came up with:

  • Create sympathy for the character
  • Title Use
  • Short Sentences–for drama/suspense
  • Vivid, unusual words (visual and audio)
  • Repetition and other poetic devices like metaphor/simile
  • Let readers infer stuff (figure stuff out)
  • Let scenery “speak”
  • Use THOUGHTS in dialogue
  • Introduce turning points at several places
  • Use dialogue
  • Introduce side stories/characters
  • Humor
  • Cliffhangers and hooks

And most importantly, Show, don’t tell.  It’s the difference between

TELLING: She was nervous and insecure about what people thought about her.
SHOWING: She had a quick, nervous giggling habit of craning her neck to glance into mirrors, or checking other people’s faces to make sure her own was all right.


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