On Tuesday 16 March Alan Hancock, a script writer from Edith Cowan University who has done pieces for the ABC, BBC and many more, taught a workshop for our Year 11 general literature class. He taught us the difference between a monologue and a dialogue, what is expected from someone in the writing industry, made us question our interpretations of a piece of writing, how to look at a story from a different point of view and much more.
In the end we got the opportunity to write our own monologues using the writing tips he uses. His tips were:
- Work with your first idea only. If you have an idea, put it on the page and run with it.
- Always keep your pen moving. Don’t stop writing even if you think your idea is not worth writing. Write it.
- Appeal to the senses with lots of sensory details. It adds a sense of realism to your writing.
- No reading back, no editing and no crossing out, just keep writing. Keep the flow going and check your work later.
- Finally, write through anxiety and discomfort. Don’t think about it too much, write down any idea you have. No idea is a bad idea.
We are grateful for his advice and letting us experience a different way of writing and viewing things.