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Writing what you know
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This unit will help you to develop...
Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This unit will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.
After studying this unit you should:
- be able to articulate your own thoughts on the notion of ‘write what you know’;
- be equipped to write ‘blind’ descriptions of known objects and note new observations;
- have an enhanced ability to list sensory perceptions;
- be able to write short texts about a personal memory of either a place or a character.
- Current section: Introduction
- Learning outcomes
- 1 Writing what you know
- 2 The everyday
- 3 The senses
- 4 Memory and narrative
- 5 Conclusion: you know many things
Writing what you know
This unit includes reading and writing activities that are geared to developing the use of memory, observation and the senses. The aim is to develop your perceptual abilities, honing your capacity to see detail in the world. You will be encouraged to start seeing the familiar in a new way and to make good use of your own personal history.
This unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course
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