Update for Creative Writing

dc64db689a1e932375ac4a338dab7b44We will do one chapter every two weeks instead of every week.  I think this will give everyone more time to work on character development, setting, and plot.  Please be working on your writing when you get the chance  and print it out to bring to class.  You can send yours to me via jculver@shelbyed.k12.al.us  or via jculver@shelbyed.org

Information to help: Examples of showing versus telling


With this schedule, this is how it should work: Friday, Feb. 13: Chapter 1 due, TYPED, double spaced, 12 TNR, stapled and turned in Monday, Feb. 16: NO SCHOOL, PRESIDENT’s DAY Tuesday, Feb. 17: Workshopping in class Wednesday, Feb. 18: IN COMPUTER LAB TYPING Thursday, Feb. 19: IN COMPUTER LAB TYPING Friday, Feb. 20:  WORKSHOP your CHAPTER 2 so far


A story’s plot is what happens in the story and the order it happens in.


For there to be story, something has to move, to change. Something goes from point A to point B.


This change could be:

A physical event (Point A = psycho killer is picking off everyone in town. Point B = police arrest the killer).

A decision (Point A = character wants to practice law like his father. Point B = character decides to be a ballet dancer).

A change in a relationship (Point A = They hate each other. Point B = They fall in love)

A change in a person (Point A = character is a selfish jerk. Point B = character has learned to be less of a selfish jerk.)

A change in the reader’s understanding of a situation. (Point A = character appears to be a murderer. Point B = The reader realizes that character is actually innocent and made a false confession.)

This change could even be the realization that nothing will ever change. (Point A = your character dreams of escaping her small town. Point B = her dream escape is shown to be a  hopeless one.)


What is plot? It’s the road map that takes your story from point A to point B.

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