Friday, May 9, 2008

Problems in Writing

GhostsAll good writing has problems, lots and lots of problems, with lots and lots of details. The more problems in a narrative, and the more descriptive the writing, the more the reader will be engaged. Problems are what give the story a body. They create the interest by getting the reader to insert himself into the story, to think of solutions, and to root for a character to succeed or fail.

Today, students brainstormed a list of problems that could occur in the setting where their scary story takes place. Each partnership came up with problems that might fit in a horror story. These problems had to be realistic enough to be believable, but "sick" enough to fit into a scary fictional narrative.

Once each group came up with a list of 8 - 10 problems, we came to the circle, and shared ideas. Then students revised their essays, inserting new problems and adding details. As we continue writing and improving these stories, I am sure the final drafts will be excellent and eerie.


Anonymous said...

My book Twilight is problem after problem after problem. It makes me want to keep reading. I feel like I'm in the story. I think that the more problems, the more interesting.

Anonymous said...

I really like this what we are doing!! I'm really good at making up scary story's hehe!! lol i love Halloween so most of my story's are on Halloween night. When my and my friends get together we always tell ghost story's!LOL!!!!!

But the story's that me and cat is writing about is on Halloween night after a party ! Well I don't what to tell you to much but I tell you the big details is that there is a group of friends that are teenagers trapped in a clowns house and there can't get out!! That all i can say lol.

But when I done you can read it and i hope that you like me story's!!!!!

Mr. McGuire said...

Hopefully your story will be just as problem filled!

Anonymous said...

Mr.McGuire under Classroom Activities you didn't put a space in between their and scary.

Anonymous said...

I don't really get how to put a bunch of problems in my story. I also I don't understand how to do that and make it sound right.

Mr. McGuire said...


Well, we must work on that. If your story doesn't have problems in it, how can it be scary?

1st problem: You walk down a dark hallway, and you start to feel nervous.

2nd problem: You hear a noise at the end of the hallway, you stop, but you can't see anything.

3rd problem: There is a loud crash behind you.

4th problem: You hear a scream, and someone comes running at you.

5th problem: ??????

See me and we will talk about your story, but I am sure you have problems in it already. The key is just to develop them.

Anonymous said...

Me and my partner called our story "Problem After Problem" because that is mainly what goes on in our story! There is one problem after the next. We are already on page two! I think our story is going to be good!

Anonymous said...

I like this assignment, because I get to work with a friend and I still have to think. Dakota Bond is a good partner while Luke O just fooled around.

Anonymous said...

Me and Evan are writing a scary story called Cival War Madness. It's were we go into our dead Cival War uncle's house and keep falling through the floor and seeing peple come out of no where.