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We have a controlled assessment coming up soon. We have to write a short story. I am currently getting As in English but I want to aim for a A*. I just can't think of a plot, I have been looking for inspiration for the last week and nothing. anyone got any ideas? I want it to be quite a dark story nothing to cheesy? Thankyou
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We have a controlled assessment coming up soon. We have to write a short story. I am currently getting As in English but I want to aim for a A*. I just can't think of a plot, I have been looking for inspiration for the last week and nothing. anyone got any ideas? I want it to be quite a dark story nothing to cheesy? Thankyou
Hmm, I'm sure we can all help here. First of all, I've moved your thread into the English forum where it will hopefully get a better response.

Let's start with, what are your favourite stories in the same genre? Do you have any ideas for some characters?
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How about having a depressed character who visits this deserted house. Reader is initially unaware of whose house it is, then do like a twist then where you reveal the character is in fact a ghost and is visiting his family home.

I recently did my short story essay for iGCSE Eng and have done something like the above...

Good luck!
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How about having a depressed character who visits this deserted house. Reader is initially unaware of whose house it is, then do like a twist then where you reveal the character is in fact a ghost and is visiting his family home.

I recently did my short story essay for iGCSE Eng and have done something like the above...

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This is actually a really good idea, thankyou xx
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This is actually a really good idea, thankyou xx
Glad I could be of any help.

Your username made me laugh:rolleyes:
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We have a controlled assessment coming up soon. We have to write a short story. I am currently getting As in English but I want to aim for a A*.
What will get you the A* is 2 things closely linked. First, pay close attention to the form of a short story. A short story usually doesn't start at the beginning (nor should it have a middle or and ending - which i will explain), it starts at a moment in a character's life. We learn little about the character and receive succinct, short descriptions. Plot is not what a short story is about either, given it is short you don't have time to build this. I would focus on a story with a message, moral or maxim exposed by a Joycean epiphanic moment which comes at the end - yet at the end you will have a climax without conclusion - this gives the reader something to think about, just as the great short story writers did. Secondly, use different literary techniques when telling your story.

I hope this helps, but do have a quick read up on the form of a traditional short story.


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i was thinking about doing something along the lines of this- starting at a point and working back; however I was unsure as it it different to alot of formats of short stories. Thankyou
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Glad I could be of any help.

Your username made me laugh:rolleyes:
Your welcome, every username I tried seemed to be unavailable so this is what i settled for
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