Creative Writing: Homework
Today the class explored devices they know authors use to capture the reader’s attention. The discussion explored how frequently the best texts, films and television develop a character who has flaws that makes them unpredictable, yet likable. Many students identified anti-hero type characters as those who engaged their attention the most. While the students acknowledged the plot devices that create tension and suspense as clear methods of gaining and maintaining a reader’s attention, they tended towards valuing a well-drawn character over clever plot devices as being truly engaging.
The task for tonight is to generate a plan for a piece of writing which will be started in class tomorrow that is designed to capture the reader’s attention. The following are some of the ways we believe a text grabs a reader: