Week 14 (25/5): The End

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Sally Adams explains in her book that a feature should offer a satisfying conclusion. She says features often end with statements or quotes; less commonly with anecdotes and descriptions; rarely with questions. My advice: avoid the question ending at all costs – it should be left to experienced writers!

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Week 13 (18/5): Diving in – Starting to write your story

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The lead.

‘It’s no good standing there at the beginning of an article flexing your muscles. Just do the old handspring right away.’

                      – ‘Cassandra’, Daily Mirror

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Week 12 (11/5): The first draft

Photo: Sam Hood/State Library of NSW
Photo: Sam Hood/State Library of NSW

Writing, says our mate Jack Hart, is like organised thinking. Organising your information is the first step towards imposing order on the writing process, thereby disciplining the mind.

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Week 11 (4/5): Story planning

Keep your eyes and ears open for the unique and unusual (Plastic face protection from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939. Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo / Het Leven / Fotograaf onbekend, SFA022813554.)
Keep your eyes and ears open for the unique and unusual (Plastic face protection from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939. Nationaal Archief / Spaarnestad Photo / Het Leven / Fotograaf onbekend, SFA022813554.)

So you have a great story idea. What next?

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