Talbot Writing Process

At Talbot, we know that true writers do not sit down and write a masterpiece on their first attempt. They think about their ideas, make a plan, have a go and then refine their work, before it is finished. As we want to be the best writers we can possibly be, we try and copy this approach.

When writing our suspense narratives, we began by thinking about what makes a story tense and full of suspense. We got some expert advice from Malorie Blackman who has lots of ideas posted on the internet. Later, we experimented with different techniques, like personification, hints at threat, short sentences and the like. We used them to describe a gnarled and twisted tree with great impact.

Afterwards, we watched a wonderful video about Whitby Abbey, which you can see by clicking here. This provided us with the stimulus for own, unique stories. We listened to our teachers' metacognitive thinking around how to make our characters vulnerable.

We wrote our stories over two days, editing them carefully at the end of each session to ensure they were accurate, and to improve them where possible. This was sometimes done independently and sometimes with a partner.

Finally, we re-drafted the stories in pen. Not only did this allow us to produce a final neat copy (with as few errors as possible), but it also gave us the chance to continue refining our vocabulary and ideas to make the even better.

We are now confident we can write exciting suspense narratives.

By Mr Rivers