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is it ok to start a descriptive writing piece with dialogue and is it ok to use the first person for certain parts?
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Most certainly. It may require some skill though.
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Most certainly. It may require some skill though.
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what sort of skill?
The skill of a top-level student. Pretty nebulous, I know, but we were advised against this if we wanted a good answer unless we could make it look the part. I never really questioned this advice, but I assume many students make their dialogue drag on and take over the answer, and switching between persons effectively can be difficult because it is sometimes confusing.
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Also, it it ok to have flashbacks in descriptive writing or detailed description of the past?
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The skill of a top-level student. Pretty nebulous, I know, but we were advised against this if we wanted a good answer unless we could make it look the part. I never really questioned this advice, but I assume many students make their dialogue drag on and take over the answer, and switching between persons effectively can be difficult because it is sometimes confusing.
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Also, it it ok to have flashbacks in descriptive writing or detailed description of the past?
Yes, so long as it isn't so detailed that takes over the whole description.
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A short flashback is good because it demonstrates your ability to manipulate the structure of a narrative. If you're jumping between perspectives, be careful. Maybe use 'Game of Thrones' and 'Noughts and Crosses' as models and put a short sub-heading of the name of the character on its own line.
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