Friday, 5 October 2007

Year Six - Timed Writing, and a word about the difference between 'real life' and stories

L.O. To open a story with an exciting first line (ii) To include at least one sentence with an adverb + comma

Type or write up in your best handwriting your 'Girl with a gun' story, improving it as you go.

Before you print it out, make sure you've included a comma before conjunctions.

Note: In 'real life', guns are horrible, terrible things that ruin lives. The worst thing that has happened in London in the last ten years is the number of guns on the street.

However, in stories, a 'gun' - or a vampire, a robot or a mad sheep on the loose in the middle of a wedding' - equals danger, excitement and, most importantly, conflict. The brilliant French film director, Jean-Luc Godard, famously wrote that 'all you need for a movie is a girl and a gun', and this is true of extremely short stories.

Through fiction, we can enjoy adventures we'd never dream of doing in 'real life'.

I would never break into a neighbour's house and steal their silver cutlery, but it sure is fun to write about!

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