Ultimate Guide to GCSE Creative Writing
It is evident that dealing with GCSE coursework cannot be that easy, otherwise it wouldn’t be a part of exam. We’ve collected some professional tips which can be truly helpful regarding this assignment. Some of them you know about, so it will be a good reminder.
Try to Get a Sense of Flow
The flow state is a dream state for any writer or for that matter for any creative person in the world. In this state you can do miracles, you can write freely, without much omissions, your thoughts are clear and you are not afraid of what you are doing, you are not thinking about negative outcome you are focused and relaxed at the same time. This state is rare, but if you can get into it writing your GCSE coursework, it all will be much easier. Here are some tricks and options:
- Breathe for 2-3 minutes with your eyes closed. Don’t worry about losing those 2-3 minutes, if you don’t focus, they won’t save you.
- For one minute remember your best writing work or works, how you were feeling when writing it, try to feel the same;
- Don’t let negative thoughts paralyze you. Of course, they might come to your mind, just acknowledge them and let them go. It sounds like meditation, yes, and it works.
Brainstorm for No More Than 2 Minutes
Brainstorming is a good way to get the most creative ideas written, so later you can just pick the best ones and form them into a creative essay. If you don’t brainstorm from the very beginning, ideas will occur in your mind while you are writing, and distract you, you will change your essay in the middle and might become awkward. So give yourself a minute or two to brainstorm and later collect what you like into the final draft. It’s good to make a quick plan of the whole essay before you start writing too. It shouldn’t be a real outline, as you don’t have time for that, but it should serve as a guide for you. The closer the “deadline” is, the more stressed you will get, and the more helpful that plan will be. It is your anchor, it helps you to stay concentrated and keep going.
Don’t Try to Look Perfect
Often GCSE creative writing involves some personal stories, real-life examples, etc. Students like to write stories about some imaginary perfect people and claim that they are actually like that. It is very easy to spot and many professors truly get irritated and discouraged by that. If at some point you need to describe your personal experience, do it in concise and comprehensive manner.
Leave Yourself 2-3 Minutes for Proofreading
It is better to write a little less and instead leave time for proofreading than to write something stellar in content and truly lousy in formatting and spelling. Even if your professor loves your work and appreciates your creative approach deeply he or she won’t be able to give you the highest mark if your sentences are not well-thought-out, have the wrong structure and there are mistakes and technical omissions everywhere. So, remember to be creative is not the only purpose, you should show that you are capable of dealing with academic papers at the needed level of quality.
They say that reading a lot you will improve your writing.This is true but what works even better is to write more! You can give yourself brief everyday writing tasks to help you practise or start a blog or a journal.