Gujarat Board GSEB Class 11 English Textbook Solutions Writing Skills Creative Writing Questions and Answers, Notes Pdf.
Creative Writing GSEB Std 11 English Grammar
Creative Writing is never a conventional writing or fixed-format writing. It is any writing that goes outside the bounds of normal professional, journalistic, academic, or technical forms of literature. It can technically be considered any writing of original composition. It includes the variety of genres of literature. The purpose of creative writing is to express something, whether it be feelings, thoughts or emotions.
Rather than only giving information or inciting the reader to make an action beneficial to the writer, creative writing Is written to entertain or educate someone, to spread awareness about something or someone, or to express one’s thoughts.
Creative Writing includes free writing. journalling. memoirs. fiction, storytelling! writing. composing poetry and free verse. articles, blog writing, writing characters and dialogues, and so on.
Topics for creative writing could be some of the following:
1. One sentence story: e.g., After having a glimpse of ‘Rajbhog’ at the temple, the beggar died of hunger on a footpath.
2. Complete the thought story by filling in the blanks: e.g., When I got an I-phone as a gift…
3. Letters to the Past: One can write a letter to oneself at a specific point in one’s past. What can he tell that self about how things are going for him now? What questions can he answer for his past self? What advice can he give?
4. Name the Emotion: One can write about an emotion without ever using the name of the feeling itself, or synonyms for it. How can one describe sadness, or happiness or anger?
5. Interviews with characters: Imagine your character is being interviewed. Maybe it’s for a magazine, for a job, or by the police. What kind of questions can be asked and how they can be answered.
There are a number of ways to make students write creatively. Here a few more are given to cater variety to students.
Here are the 7 Writing Prompts to keep you creative every day for a week. Enjoy!
1. It’s time for you and Writer’s Block to part ways. Write a letter breaking up with Writer’s
Block, starting out with, “Dear Writer’s Block, it’s not you, it’s me…”
Post your story here. ……
2. You and your three closest friends decide to go camping. You arrive and set up camp nearly three miles away from where you left your car. Late that evening, as you sit around the campfire roasting marshmallows, one of your friends reveals a deep dark secret that turns what was to be a fun weekend into one of the scariest weekends of your life.
Post your story here.
3. Two men stop you on your way into your local post office. One flashes a badge at you. They tell you about a top-secret sting operation they are about to execute and they need your help. They can’t give you any of the details, only that you are to walk into the post office, go up to the counter with the gentleman named Bert working it, and you have to say to him. “My stamps are looking a bit square these days if you know what I mean.” Write what happens next.
Post your story here.
4. Pretend you are a recovering alcoholic who falls off the wagon while attending your high school reunion. Start your story with “I hadn’t had a drink in nearly 10 years” and end it with “If only I could remember where I left my pants”.
Post your story here.
5. You’re cleaning out your garage and, hidden away in a back corner, you find an old shoebox. The box is heavier than it should be. When you open it up, you find cash – $ 40,000, to be exact. Where did the cash come from, who hid it there and why?
Post your story here.
6. When you were little, you could swear there was a monster under your bed-but no one believed you. On the eve of your 30th birthday, you hear noises coming from under your bed once again. The monster is back and has an important message to deliver to you.
Post your story here.
7. You’re late for work because you overslept, but your boss hates over-sleepers. He does love entertaining stories, so create the most outlandish excuse as to why you were late. Post your story here.
Here below are given exciting new creative writing topics. Let the students try them and. we will see what kind of inspired new ideas they – can come up with!
1. What would it be like to live in a world where everyone’s dreams came true?
2. Imagine that you are given the power to make any one of your dreams come true. Which dream would you choose? Write about the dream that is most important to you and why you would most want it to come true.
3. Pick a natural landmark or a geographical feature and write an origin story about it from the perspective of one of the world’s first civilized cultures. How did the landmark or geographical feature come to be? What does it represent? Why should it be important to humans?
4. If you could go to space at some point in your life, what would you most like to see or experience? Choose anything in the universe and write about it whether or not it would be realistic for a person to travel there!
5. If you could invent any tool or new technology that would improve your life in some way, what would you create? What would it do? How would it work? When would you use it?
6. What does it mean to have a successful life? What is the best way to measure success? Why?
7. Imagine that you are selected as an ambassador for fifth-grade students all across the country and that you get to meet the President. What would you want to discuss with the President? What experiences of other fifth graders would you choose to share?
8. What is the most exciting thing that’s ever happened to you? Write about your experience and be sure to describe how you felt during and after the event.
9. Think of one of your favourite stories from your childhood – and then rewrite it with an alternate ending.
10. What is the most interesting fact you know? Explain the fact, what it means, and why you think it is an interesting or important thing for people to know.
11. Which of your extended family members are you closest with? Write about what kinds of things you and this person like to do together.
12. If you could add anyone sport, skill, or activity to the Olympics – and then compete in it – what would you choose? Do you think it would be popular with other people? Why?
13. If you had the chance to create your own country, what would it be called? What laws would you put into place? What kinds of things would be important to your culture and society?
14. Do you play any musical instruments? If so, describe the instrument you play and explain what you like and dislike about it. If not, choose an instrument you would like to learn to play and write about why you like that particular type of music.
15. What is your favourite time of the year? What do you like most about it?
Students can also be given some topics to write on. They will think for themselves and elaborate over them:
- Animals: Choose an animal. Write about it!
- Friendship: Write about being friends with someone.
- Dragon: Envision a dragon. Do you battle him? Or is the dragon friendly? Use descriptive language.
- Greeting: Write a story or poem that starts with the word “hello”.
- The Letter Poem: Write a poem using words from a famous letter or a letter from your own collection.
- The Found Poem: Read a book and circle some words on a page. Use those words to craft a poem. Alternatively, you can cut out words and phrases from magazines.
- Eavesdropper: Create a poem, short story, or journal entry about a conversation you’ve overheard.
Textbook Activities Pg No. 118
Put down the images that come to your mind immediately when you see the words in the box.
Cat Cupboard Wall Pond Bird
Cat: rat, milk, fur
Cupboard: clothes, books Wall: clock, paint, colours Pond: ducks, water, lotus Bird: tree, nest, sky
Try to write four lines of poetry or four sentences of prose with one of these as the starting point.
A bird is a beautiful little creature. It is an epitome of freedom and independence. Human beings must derive inspiration from the hard work they do to fetch their food and make their nests. Seeing them winging in the vast sky fascinates children to fly as high as them. (A model answer has been provided for student’s reference. It is strongly recommended that students prepare the answer on their own.)
Write a short story beginning with this sentence:
When the last of the guests left, I went back into the hall…
When the last of the guests left, I went back into the hall to look for my mobile phone that I had left by mistake. As I went near the table that I had occupied, I saw a man hiding under it. The black mask he wore covered the whole face except his brown eyes, which were filled with terror. Though dressed as a thief, he seemed incapable of stealing. When I asked him to come out of his hiding, he complied.
Standing face to face with the man who had come to rob my house, the only thing I was able to notice about him was his teary, simple and honest eyes. On being asked to remove his mask and reveal his true identity, he broke down inconsolably. I gave him water to drink and made him sit comfortably. He revealed that he had decided to take to robbery as the last resort to save his daughter’s life, who was in coma.
Hearing this, I decided to not report the matter to the police. Already regretting taking to robbery, he was grateful that I was not handing him over to the police. Though he refused to take financial help from me, I insisted. He promised never to rob anyone and work hard to fight the problems of his life.
Look for a story, a poem and a newspaper article on environment conservation and see how the style of each is different from the other.
1. The Ailing Planet: The Green Movement’s Role by Nani Palkhivala (newspaper article)
2. ‘Country Town’ by Judith Wright (poem)
3. ‘Environment story for children by Ninfa Ortiz.
(This question is to be answered on the basis of students’ own reading, understanding and experience. However, names of a newspaper article, a poem and a story on the conservation of environment have been provided for students’ reference)