Prewriting&Brainstorming

Prewriting&Brainstorming

A Lesson by Ria Vero Benthil
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"Prewriting and Brainstorming is a technique writers use before they begin their prose or poetry."

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Prewriting and Brainstorming


Introduction

Prewriting and Brainstorming is a technique writers use before they begin their prose or poetry.  The above image was taken from the following website: 

http://historicalfictionstory.weebly.com/brainstorming.html

Some writers use brainstorming "clouds" to organize their thoughts.  However, you can also write down ideas in a journal or piece of paper.

Directions

Step 1: Select a short story of your own such as "A Moment in the Forest," or "A Tranquil Sight."

Step 2:  Fill out the following Prewriting and Brainstorming chart below:

1. TITLE
2. SETTING
3. GENRE
4. AIM
5. STORY LINE
6. CHARACTERS&ROLES
7. DILEMMA
8. TARGET AUDIENCE

Below, I illustrated the deconstruction of my short story, "picture/house" that I am currently in the Revision and Editing process. 

EXAMPLE:

1.  TITLE: picture/house

2.  SETTING: Grandfather's farm

3.  GENRE: Psychological Horror

4.  AIM

(1) Why have I written this story?

I wrote this story to explore my family history through a work of fiction.

(2)  What is the purpose of this story?

The purpose of the story was to display what mental illness can produce influenced by vice.

5.  STORY LINE: The overall storyline was about the protagonist's experience at her Grandmother Elle's Wake.

6.  CHARACTERS&ROLE:

(1) Grandfather: He was an alcoholic and abusive.
(2) Elle:  She was the protagonist's hateful "step" grandmother absorbed with her vanity.
(3) Skelly:  He was the protagonist's brother who served as a guide in the basement.
(4) Aunt Grace:  Aunt Grace was the melodramatic and MacBride Godmother of the speaker.
(5) Pearl: She was the protagonist's birth mother depicted in the young girl.
(6) Lenny: He was the protagonist's birth father, son of the Grandfather.
(7) Young Girl: The young girl was unknown, but she appeared as a phantom in the basement.

7.  DILEMMA: Overall, the dilemma or conflict was the protagonist's inner demons personified in the basement.  

8.  TARGET AUDIENCE: The target audience would be young adult and mature given the graphic content.


I hope this will help you especially with prose.  You will receive a private message that will contain the chart to fill out. The next lesson will describe the Writing Process.

Thank you for participating in this Course!

sincerely,
ria 


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