Step 1: Generating Ideas
* Read Destiny by Shalini Akhil
* Answer the following questions:
a) Who are the characters?
b) What is a lungi, and what are rotis?
c) What do you think is the message of this piece?
d) What did you want to be “when you grew up”? Try to remember a really idealistic dream from when you were quite young. Go back to that memory and write a paragraph describing all the details of that dream: why you wanted it, how you imagined yourself to look, feel and what you would do. e) Where do you think you got this idea from? Who was the role model for this dream (real or fictional)? f) What qualities did this character possess? Why do you think this was important to you? Do you actually possess any of these qualities? g) What was the moment you realised this wasn’t possible or realistic? What caused this realisation? How did it make you feel? Perhaps that dream was simply replaced by another one! What was the next? Why do you think this dream superseded the former? h) What is destiny? Do you believe such a thing exists? To what extent? Why/why not? Step 2: Considering Structure and Style
Go back to Destiny and answer the following questions:
a) Find three examples of attention to detail in Akhil’s writing which help to create that ‘in the moment’ feeling. b) Though a short piece, there is in fact narrative structure to this piece. How does Akhil manage to create: ‐ An introduction
- A problem
‐ A solution
‐ A moral lesson
c) To turn your memory into a similar piece you will also need to develop structure. Plan how you will do this. d) Who will be the characters in your memoire? (For a short piece it is usually better to limit the number of characters.) e) What is the setting?
Step 3: Writing
Write a 500+ word memories of your childhood ambition.
Have you introduced your characters, setting, ambition and problem(even if only simply)? Step 4: Redrafting and editing
To improve the finer details of your piece, and the effect it will have on your audience, answer the following: The text
a) There are some quite comical moments in this piece. Identify one. Why is it funny? b) How does Shalini Akhil feel about her younger self? How do you know? Offer a quote as an example of this. Yourself
c) Would humour be appropriate to your piece? Where could you include it? d) How do you feel about your younger self? How could you get this across to your audience? It might involve changing some of the adjectives you use to describe things, or inserting some thoughts or reflections from your younger self. e) What is the message you want to convey to your audience? How could you conclude your piece to make this clear, without being too obvious (it tends to be less effective if is clearly stated “and so I learned the valuable lesson that…”)? f) Go back to your piece of writing and make these changes.
g) Check your piece for spelling, punctuation and fluency of expression.
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