Thursday, 24 July 2014

Story Checklist

Use this checklist to see if you need to make any changes to your story or your writing.
  1. Does your story have a clear topic?
  2. Does the sequence of the story make sense?
  3. Have you included at least two or three interesting details  about your character?
  4. Did you show your character’s feelings about what is happening?
  5. Did you tell where or when the story took place?
  6. Does your character have a problem?
  7. Did you include any senses?
  8. Did you make good word choices?
  9. Did you use any comparisons?
  10. Do you have an interesting conclusion to your story?

Friday, 18 July 2014

Use Better Words

  • bad:  terrible, horrible, difficult, nervous, sad, boring, nasty, awful, evil, mean, naughty, spoiled, gloomy, discouraging
  • big:  bulky, colossal, enormous, gigantic, great, immense, large, massive, substantial, vast
  • fun:  enjoyable, entertaining, good time, joy, pleasure, treat, amusing
  • good:  acceptable, excellent, great, positive, superior, valuable, capable, expert, satisfactory, useful, well-behaved, fantastic
  • got:  acquired, borrowed, bought, received, achieved, earned, fetched, gained
  • happy:  joyful, glad, cheerful, contented, delighted, ecstatic, elated, gratified, merry, overjoyed, pleased, thrilled
  • like (verb):  adore, enjoy, love, admire, appreciate, approve
  • like (conj., prep., adj.):  alike, similar, identical, resemble, same
  • nice:  friendly, fun, cute, silly, thoughtful, adorable, amazing, great, wonderful, exciting, kind, charming, pleasant, agreeable, polite, cheerful
  • ran:  bolted, darted, chased, hurried, jogged, raced, rushed, scurried, escaped, fled, proceeded, galloped
  • sad:  depressed, blue, dismal, down, gloomy, glum, mournful. somber, unhappy, wistful, miserable
  • said:  declared, whispered, asked, screamed, hollered, yelled, explained, shouted, replied, commented, grumbled, nagged, demanded, pleaded, exclaimed, continued, complained, inquired, laughed, yawned, grinned, growled, called, boomed, gushed,  whined, questioned
  • went:  left, departed, moved, passed, set off, travel, proceeded