Students often don’t have structure or character development in their writing.
Many students don’t use literary techniques in their writing.
This means that you can ask friends and family for their feedback on your writing.
Remember, critical feedback is a useful way to find out what works in your narrative and what doesn’t.
Markers are looking for specific criteria when they assess a student’s creative piece.
For starters they want you to represent things rather than explain them. You need to think about how to convey the ideas so that the reader can picture it themselves.When you ask for feedback, try to get your critics to answer the following questions: Try to ask for feedback in a way that doesn’t lead your critics to give answers that you want to hear.For example, if you ask them to list the themes in the text or pick out the motifs, you will be able to see if you have presented them effectively – if your critics discuss the key theme or motif you have included you have represented it well, and if they don’t then you haven’t.Creative writing is a complex and detailed process.Matrix English students are given step-by-step guides and tailored feedback to help them write their Band 6 creatives.Students mistakenly feel they need to be the next Zadie Smith or Jonathan Franzen when they write creatives. Having such expectations about your creative writing will set yourself up to fail.Remember, creatives aren’t tasks set to filter out the next great writer, they’re there to assess how well you can apply the techniques, structures, and perspectives you’ve learned to analyse in texts.If you would like to read more about creative writing, you should read How To Prepare For HSC English Advanced Paper 1: Discovery Creative.This is a step-by-step guide that will help all students write better narratives.To get to the point where you can start developing characters, plots, structure, and connections to modules, you need to finish a draft first. Writing will help you get your ideas out of your head and onto paper. Creativity is a muscle that needs to be trained, you’re not born with imagination you have to work to develop it. The common process for effective creative writing that we’ve refined by helping hundreds of Matrix students each term looks like this: The first thing you need to do when you go to write a creative is sketch out roughly what will happen in the narrative.This could be a few notes on a page, a mind-map, or something more detailed.