Journal Task #2 – Good Things Come in Small Packages

As we gear up for our Creative Writing assessment task, we’re looking at narratives and how we can improve our creative expression by using imagery to show, rather than tell. We’ve been working on different types of narratives and how we can build stories with rich detail with both many and few words.


Our journal task for this fortnight looks at building up from simple ideas. The task is to start by writing one two-sentence short story with the potential for detail. Here are some horror story examples from Reddit:

  • I woke up to hear knocking on glass. At first, I thought it was the window until I heard it come from the mirror again.
  • There’s nothing like the laughter of a baby. Unless it’s 1am, and you’re home alone.
  • She asked why I was breathing so heavily. I wasn’t.

Once you’ve developed your two-sentence short story, you need to use the scaffold given in class to develop more details, such as setting, characters, atmosphere and plot. With this information, write the developed orientation to your story, including language techniques and details to further build on your two-sentence story.

This task is due to be uploaded by Thursday 12th March and should be between 400-500 words. When you post the orientation for your story, be sure to include the original two-sentence story into your post. Have fun!

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