I love English but I am finding this Homework task tricky and not very inspiring. I prefer to write about people I know because you can really relate to your work. So any ideas on creature and ways to write it?

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If anyone still has this tough teacher ! and they are still asking the same question, try Googling 'Mythical creatures', and see what it comes up with. Select one that interests you - particularly nice or nasty, attractive or revolting !, and then research it as much as possible, again in Google. The trick THEN is to write that good descriptive piece, so how about a) an introduction to the character, b) some of the things it got up to, and c) your opinion of whether it was good or bad, interesting or boring, justifies a place in mythology or not, has a modern-day equivalent in cartoon or amimation characters e.g Disney heroes or villians, the Gruffalo, etc. Should impress the teacher !
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05 January 2014
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ralph.thompson
10 January 2014
There are lots of mythical creatures to choose from! Have a read through the list on this website and see if you recognise any of them. Try to make a quick decision on which one you are going to write about and then stick to it. With creative writing homework you need to get writing quickly!Create a mind map which covers all aspects of your chosen creature. Think about the senses, for example: How does it look when it moves? How does it smell? What does it sound like? This will help your piece come alive for the reader. When you’ve thought about all of this, try to create a plan. You need to arrange your ideas into a logical order, by creating paragraphs that link together. Once you’ve got this plan you should be able to create a coherent and evocative piece of writing.Hope you've found this useful: if you feel you need more support why not book a lesson with me?
Clare C.
16 January 2015
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