WRITING ASSISTANT: STORIES
1. VERB TENSES (REMINDER!).
Simple Past: -ed/2nd col. DID This is used for the main events and the feelings of the characters. Eg.: Finally, the train arrived at the station and we were all safe. -
Past Perfect: had + past participle (-ed/3rd col.) This is used to show that an event happens BEFORE another event. Eg: It was a great trip. I had never been in a balloon before. -
Past Continuous: was/were + verb-ing This is used for events happening in the background while the main story is happening. Eg.: It was raining and the sky was darkening rapidly. -
This is used to show that a longer event is in progress when another event happens. It is often used with ‘While’, ‘When’ or ‘As’. Eg.: As she was driving to London, she suddenly realized how much she loved him This is used to show that a longer event is stopped or interrupted by another event. It is often used with ‘While’, ‘When’, ‘As’. Eg.: I was having a shower when I felt his warm hand over my shoulder. 2. VOCABULARY. -
Adjectives: adjectives make your writing more descriptive!. Don’t forget to use a variety of them. Adverbs: include adverbs in your stories. Adverbs help you to describe how something is done. Eg.: He spoke nervously.
Choose interesting vocabulary. Do not repeat the same words again and again! Good _ fantastic, great, ... Bad _ awful, horrible, ... Say _ explain, whisper, ... ... 3. PLAN YOUR STORIES FIRST AND BE CREATIVE.
Remember you want people to read and enjoy your stories! -
WHO? WHERE? WHAT? WHAT TIME? WHY?
Now divide the story into three parts. Write what happens in note form: -
At the beginning:
In the middle:
At the end:
Remember to use suitable linking words or connectors to join your ideas and events. (Check our ‘connectors of sequence’ reminder, please!) ARE YOU READY? DOWN TO WORK, THEN!!
Once you’ve finished your first draft, go over it again checking for spelling and grammar mistakes!. GOOD LUCK WITH YOUR STORIES!!