Week Four Writing Assignment

You have two assignments for this week.

Assignment One:

As you read the pages for the next week, keep a small sheet of paper in your book and jot down anything Apple reveals about Gootie. I loved seeing the long lists you are accumulating. Keep it up.

I’d like for you to categorize the characteristics, group them together based on the type. The number and names of the various categories do not matter. Make them useful to you. Some possible categories might be: physical/appearance, actions/gestures, religion/spirituality, profession/interests, speech, disposition, background info, life goals/values/beliefs, etc.

Also, don’t make this process too complicated. On your list, put the name or abbreviation of a category next to each characteristic. Some descriptions may fit into more than one category. That’s fine. Either put it in two categories or determine where it fits best. It’s up to you. The goal of this ongoing exercise is to make you aware of how authors characterize people throughout an extended work.

Assignment Two:

Last week your assignment was to decide if your story is focused enough. You made a list of all the people who appeared in your s-tory. You determined the time period of and considered whether or not your time period could be adequately covered. You also considered the locations in which your s-tory takes place.

Now, you are going to think of a story, scene, or snippet you want to write that contains emotion of any kind. Then follow these steps:

1. Close your eyes – Sit calmly and try to recreate scenes in your mind. Look at the person in your mind’s eye and see how he or she is displaying this emotion.

2. Define the emotion  – Give that emotion a name. Then make a list of the behaviors that show that emotion.

3. Write the scene – Using some of those behaviors, write the scene without stating the emotion directly. Use active verbs and specific details.

Please share your story on the assignments tab and see if your classmates can identify the emotion you are trying to convey.

Be sure to read your fellow class members assignments and comment. Let them know they’ve been heard.

Happy writing!

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