A Ghost Story for January!
“He scudded past the golden maple and the bay tree, and there they all were in the summer- house which was home. And he took a flying leap up the steps and was among them.
It was there that Calloway found him next morning. He must indeed have run up the winding path like a boy, for the new-laid gravel was spurned at long intervals by the toe prints of his shoes.”
( Pirates, by EF Benson).
1) Note down at least one of your favourite ghost stories and remind yourself of the reason for the ghost’s presence. Think about the ingredients that make for a successful ghost story: atmosphere, setting, the ghost’s motivation, the twist.
Here are a few writers talking about the popularity and function of ghost stories. Do you find their thoughts interesting?
2). Before we start your story think of something you or your protagonist fear. Make a note. And consider the tone of your story. Will it be serious, comic, innocent, grim, sympathetic, curious, a mixture?
3) If you already know who your ghost might be, then make a note of their character and a brief biography. You can change your mind! Set rules, limitations on your ghost’s powers.
For two minutes introduce your protagonist in a setting with your chosen atmosphere. Make your character do something in this setting. Ordinary is good as it can become extraordinary.
(Then as prompted, respond to each question for a minute or so developing your story ideas….)
Now review what you have written.
Change or add to your writing.
Can you recognise any theme you wish to pursue?
Carol Ann Duffy 15 ideas!
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