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    Creative Responses

    Ok.. I can't be bothered reading all your posts about this.

    I did postmodernism and this is my technique for writing a Successful Creative Response.

    Firstly, know your capability at writing creatively under pressure, and know your exam technique. Decide whether you want to write it first or last (or not at all.. haha!) - preferably after you've read the question. Know how much you can write in the time you're given and stick to that. DO NOT go off on some grand narrative if you DO NOT HAVE THE TIME.

    Creative responses are interesting in many contexts because you can both ramble about the knowledge you've gained as well as applying it to show how it can be used. For Postmodernism this involves using postmodern techniques to talk about postmodern techniques; using postmodern techniques to illustrate a point; talking about postmodern theorists, etc. For Crime Fiction I would assume you use Crime Fiction stereotypes, plot techniques etc. to emphasise your understanding of the topic.

    Don't go too far off track. Decide on a simple premise. For example, they may ask you to write a conversation between two characters from two texts you've studied. That doesn't mean you have to stick to those two characters, but decide on a way to develop the plot so it doesn't get too complicated but doesn't stagnate. Introduce theorists to talk about their work if you like.

    Refer to your related texts. It may not be specifically requested but you will not lose any marks by showing that you've done some research and know what the results of your research implies.

    Finally, don't stress about it being creative. Creativity means putting theory in a fairytale. If you can't think of any ideas go back to the core concepts of your module and express them using fictional (or real) characters, situations, places, etc. Use established ideas if you must. Create a different context for those ideas - rather than lumping them in an essay, put them on a plane to Uzbekhistan(sp?).

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    I did Crime Fiction, and to follow on from anti, here is my comments on creative tasks:

    In CF you need to use the convensions in your response. This means that you should try and apply some of the techniques you have learnt about this year. DO NOT be overly cliched, it will not be apprieciated. Also, do not copy old ideas, orginality is always required ...


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    Im going to do a classic cosy crime one--have the rain beating down somewhere isolated, a report of a serial killer on the loose etc etc...I don't think you can really go wrong.
    Mind you, I haven't read snow...
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    Snow is mind-numbing.

    Especially when, out of your friends, you pick that one (without having read it before) to go through and find quotes...

    Edit: My set story is modern, but a bit noirish as well...
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    I did I&S, and for creative responses I MADE SURE that I was addressing 19th century paradigm (ways of thinking) in my response. You will really lose marks if you don't make sure you incorporate the ways of thinking that you have studied. Sometimes it can be so tempting to neglect this as you get absorbed into your writing, because sometimes the question may be general enough to forget about this.

    In I&S you don't have to use conventions of certain genres like you do in other electives, so you can really be creative. If you are writing a piece from a 19th century "voice" however make sure you use appropriate language and register. For example, if you were writing diary entries from the perspective of Mr Bennet, you would need to write in the way he "speaks".

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    well i did Revenge tragedy but this advice will work for anyone doing a genre study
    1) know your conventions...but also know which ones your strong on and don't fall into cliches were possible...like in revenge tradgedy sexual pecularities are a convention, but only use it if it has something to add to your story..if not your just sabotaging yourself.
    2) It doesn't hurt to have a story prepared...spend sometime developing characters and a story line..it can only help in the long run
    3) Use the techniques youve been studying...you spend all this time in english studying how the composers use certain techniques to convey certain messages and convention...and the y tend to be similar...THERES A GOOD REASON FOR THIS!!!!! You would do well to copy them!

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    where ae the past papers like band e4 and stuff of ext hsc exams?

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    Originally posted by Tyler
    where ae the past papers like band e4 and stuff of ext hsc exams?
    The standards package. Your school should have a copy.


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    k thanx McLake.

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    Originally posted by braindrainedAsh
    I did I&S, and for creative responses I MADE SURE that I was addressing 19th century paradigm (ways of thinking) in my response. You will really lose marks if you don't make sure you incorporate the ways of thinking that you have studied. Sometimes it can be so tempting to neglect this as you get absorbed into your writing, because sometimes the question may be general enough to forget about this.

    In I&S you don't have to use conventions of certain genres like you do in other electives, so you can really be creative. If you are writing a piece from a 19th century "voice" however make sure you use appropriate language and register. For example, if you were writing diary entries from the perspective of Mr Bennet, you would need to write in the way he "speaks".

    Hope this helps!
    grrr... thank you for the advice... seriously, coz im doing I&S.. but after heaing your advice... its seriously made me realise.. oh crap.. i might not be able to do that!! i mean. i probably could... BUT I DONT WANT TOOOOOOOOOOOO
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    hmmm.......
    sorry boutthat.,....
    but you know what?
    i feel much much bettter now thank you!
    hey, do you think i could just like, rip apart the 19th century text? hmm... i like ripping stuff apart....

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    lmao aLeeOh! I know we're all gonna get sick of P&P by the end of the year, but at the moment Darcy is still quite enticing. As for creative responses, I just did my half yearly. We had to write either a TV or Radio script (Radio is easier) and interview two composers on how events in the C19th influenced their works...or something along those lines. Now I'm really hoping I wrote enough of what braindrained Ash says. Woops!
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    hmm... social paradigms...
    i guess the context of the text can be overlooked quite easily... im always kicking myself when i do that. but i mean..
    what do you say bout P&P? its context being....?
    and how would you place it in an essay? like.. i know their ways of thinking is different and the whole individual vs society... but, its just confusing trying to put them all together and make sure they make sense!

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    hey does any one have any suggestions on a story of hard boiled crime fiction. like on techniques to use and possible story ideas

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    I'm doing my english extension 1 trial paper tomorrow on Postmodernism.. nfi.. thats all i can say.. nfi.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aLeeOh!
    hmm... social paradigms...
    i guess the context of the text can be overlooked quite easily... im always kicking myself when i do that. but i mean..
    what do you say bout P&P? its context being....?
    and how would you place it in an essay? like.. i know their ways of thinking is different and the whole individual vs society... but, its just confusing trying to put them all together and make sure they make sense!
    The mistake people make with pride and prejudice is addressing the text as if it was Austen's original. its not - it is a (20th film and the composer is Simon Langton. Yes, you DO need to talk about how it addresses (19th social paradigms, but you also need to talk about how Langton uses modern film techniques to put a (20th critique on it - he is quite clearly criticising (19th marriage ideals, adds sexual tension, slight marxist reading etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silvermoon
    The mistake people make with pride and prejudice is addressing the text as if it was Austen's original. its not - it is a (20th film and the composer is Simon Langton. Yes, you DO need to talk about how it addresses (19th social paradigms, but you also need to talk about how Langton uses modern film techniques to put a (20th critique on it - he is quite clearly criticising (19th marriage ideals, adds sexual tension, slight marxist reading etc.
    But if you're asked to draw on a character from your prescribed text and you choose Elizabeth, how do u distinguish between the Elizabeth from Austen's novel and Elizabeth from Langton's film??? Like the "How Dare You" question from last years paper (I think)...if you speak from Lizzie's POV how do you show that it's from langton's text?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelley
    well i did Revenge tragedy but this advice will work for anyone doing a genre study
    1) know your conventions...but also know which ones your strong on and don't fall into cliches were possible...like in revenge tradgedy sexual pecularities are a convention, but only use it if it has something to add to your story..if not your just sabotaging yourself.
    2) It doesn't hurt to have a story prepared...spend sometime developing characters and a story line..it can only help in the long run
    3) Use the techniques youve been studying...you spend all this time in english studying how the composers use certain techniques to convey certain messages and convention...and the y tend to be similar...THERES A GOOD REASON FOR THIS!!!!! You would do well to copy them!
    this just about summarises what i've learnt the entire year lol for a year i thought i was learning the wrong stuff, yay my doubts have been quashed!

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    where can i find some past papers?

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    There are past HSC papers...but once youve done them i havnt been able to find other questions
    Wondering - im doing postmodernism; am i required to refer to theorists if i am doing a creative narrative? Because my teacher seemed to imply that they are only really looking for postmodern techniques, like i dont have to "analyse" my work?

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    to anyone that can give it to me, i need advice. I'm a pretty good english student but creative writing is definitely my weakness. i've got a very analytical mind. but anyway, what should i do if i want to practice creative writing these holidays? what are the keys to making good creative stories in exam situations? and how should i make sure i'll improve at writing? its more creative interesting plots that aren't stagnate or confusing? thanks.

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    anyone?

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    In general, some important things you could do to develop your creative writing for Ext 1 exams:

    *Do extensive reading into your chosen elective - the creative question is basically testing on whether you can apply the understanding of your elective.

    *Create some characters that you would feel comfortable with in a variety of scenarios and then have a go at some creative questions.

    Otherwise the advice that can be given depends on the module and elective you are doing.

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    Re: Creative Responses

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    Re: Creative Responses

    I'm doing postmodernism, and I'm really puzzled as to how I am supposed to write a good story. There are the stories that begin along the lines of "hi im a postmodern story, here to challenge your thinking." and then it basically continues along the lines of reciting all the postmodern techniques you have studied. Surely there is a more interesting way? Our texts in class aren't like that.
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