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Children interview children's author Malorie Blackman about her techniques and tips for writing a good story. We find out how she creates tension and suspense in a story and when and how to make use of short sharp sentences. She talks about the importance of planning and using descriptions of the senses - see, hear feel, taste.
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11 October 2007

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used as an example of how authors create tension and suspense when writing mystery stories. Could start a discussion on the use of short sentences within a text to create a dramatic effect. Children could use a writing frame to develop one area of their story using their character and the emotions and feelings for that particular part of the story. Points for each one of the five senses can be made to encourage a whole picture of what the character is sensing.