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Recreations of original texts

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One option in GCSE English Creative writing is to take a text in one form and rewrite in another. Find out how you can prepare for this type of creative writing exercise.

Taking a story in one form and rewriting it in another

Recreations often start with a poem or a play: you then rewrite it in a different form, for example as a newspaper or magazine article.

What you are really doing is showing that you have thought deeply about the original text. You can do this by seeing things from a different point of view, or making confusing aspects of a poem much clearer.

Before writing a recreation you must understand the story told in the original. Stories are made up of three basic ingredients:

  • setting: where and in what time the story is located
  • character: who the story is about
  • action: what happens (eg usually some kind of significant change)

These ingredients will help to give you a basic outline of the original text. You will also need to understand the atmosphere of the text. This comes from emotional mood and physical descriptions.

  • Mood: what is the general feel of the piece? Is it positive or negative? What feelings are expressed? Note the imagery - what emotions does it help express?
  • Description: how are people or places described? If you interviewed some of the characters, how would they talk?

Once you understand these elements of the original text, you can recreate it in a different form. To see how this process might work, there are two example tasks in this Revision Bite.

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