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    Hi there!

    I have just started my GCSE English language course, and in a title under a month I have my first controlled assessment-'writing Creatively'
    I'm working under the CCEA specification, and our teachers have chosen for us to write an original story, that can either be a short story, or the opening to a novel, under the theme of 'introducing a character.'
    I want to start writing for it now, because I want to feel prepared and confident for the assessment, seeing as it goes towards 15% of my GCSE (!)
    My ideas for the character I'm trying to introduce are: someone who can't communicate in a conventional way, and whose POV the story will be written from; so for example: someone with locked-in syndrome, or downsyndrome?
    Other ideas, (that I feel more enthusiastic about) include writing form the POV of someone who was wrongly accused of a crime and given a life sentence, or someone with schizophrenia.
    However, I feel like those ideas are slightly too complex for a control assessment, and that there are too many things that could go wrong with them....do you think so, or should I stick with them?
    do you have any other ideas for a good story line or character to use for this? Thank you so much for any help in advance xxx

    As someone who got an A* in all English coursework at GCSE, I'd just say one thing: go for something unusual, or shocking. Don't try and write a novel. The latter ideas sound much too complicated for a piece of coursework.

    Choosing someone with a disability in whatever form - so long as it isn't offensive and provides a unique point of view - is much more likely to get you good marks, as it will make the examiner think.

    Talk to your teachers. They'll best be able to give you advice.
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