Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction: characters and stories

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Start writing fiction: characters and stories

1.1.1 Fact and fiction

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Trying to write both fact and fiction can help you realise the relationship between the two.

Activity 1.1 Can you tell fact from fiction?

  1. Write a paragraph (50 to 100 words) containing one fact and three fictitious elements. You can write about yourself, about your interests, about history – about anything you like. Then try the reverse – write a paragraph containing three facts and one fictitious element. Share your contribution in the forum thread for this activity [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .
  2. Then look at the posts from your fellow writers. Can you spot where the fictions are and where the facts are? Ask these questions:
    • Is there anything that distinguishes the fictitious elements?
    • Are there common elements that you and your fellow writers write about as ‘facts’?
    • Do any of these passages suggest stories to you?
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