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A Recipe for Originality in your Descriptive or Narrative Writing.

Need to produce some narrative or descriptive writing? Sometimes you just run out of steam.  Sometimes you just can’t get started. And sometimes, you want your writing to be that little bit more original. Here’s a simple recipe that should help. First of all, put any thoughts of writing long sentences to one side. Next,…

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Choose Your Words Carefully.

There were clouds down by the river today. It had been a hot summer and the clouds came as a shock after endless days of bright, blue skies and sunshine. The clouds brought to mind ‘Both Sides Now’, written by Canadian songwriter, Joni Mitchell, in 1969, in which she reflects on the different ways of…

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Letting Memories Surface in your Writing.

When it comes to the writing question on Paper 1 of the AQA GCSE English Language examination, there’ll be a  photograph provided which you’ll be asked to use as the basis for your written response. The exam board is putting a clear focus on the image itself as your main source of ideas.  But don’t…

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Making a Start with the Descriptive Writing Question

AQA have made it clear that you may not have a choice between Descriptive and Narrative Writing for Question 5 on Paper 1 of their GCSE English Language examination. So it’s really important that you feel ready to tackle Descriptive Writing just in case that’s all that’s available on the exam paper. Students often seem…

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Descriptive Writing Tips for GCSE English

The descriptive writing question on your GCSE English Language paper carries a lot of marks and can make a big difference to your final grade. This blog post with free download sheet will provide you with an explanation of how to produce an original piece of descriptive writing in response to the question. In addition,…

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Practise descriptive writing for the GCSE English Language exam.

The descriptive writing question on Paper 1 carries a lot of marks so it’s certainly worth practising this to maximise your score. Typically, the GCSE English Language exam paper will provide you with a photo and ask you to describe something as suggested by the picture.  In light of today’s winter storms lashing the U.K., now…

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Chilling with Descriptive Writing

Christmas is just around the corner and winter is making its presence known. It can get incredibly grey and murky out there but winter has its compensations too if you wrap up warmly and keep your eyes open. It’s great raw material for practising your descriptive writing skills so long as you steer clear of…

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