Challenge 5: Mirrors

We invite you to get creative using mirrors, reflections and ideas of 'truth'.

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The stimulus material:

1. Stimulus Images

This file includes key words and images to help inspire ideas.

2. Extracts

This file includes extracts from literature for your pleasure. They each include an element that links to this week's theme. Reading them will provide excellent examples of how to write about the theme as well as give you a chance to enjoy some amazing literary moments.

3. An Image-Based Story

 

Use a pre-selected images with questions to help you imagine a new story. Great for new writers and younger writers too.

4. Advanced activity

Re-imagine a modern re-telling on an ancient legend.

You might use an existing story, a cursed object or thinking about image in the modern world.

You might consider the nature of truth, not-truth or perspectives.

Or you might invent your own idea from scratch!
 

For this challenge, you might visit an online museum virtual tour to find out about how mirrors have been created, used or represented throughout time.

 

You might ask your family or guardians about superstitions to do with mirrors.

Once again, we invite your writing to be in different forms. You might write or create:

  • A story

  • A biography

  • An article

  • A graphic story / comic

  • A poem

You should:

  • Read and look through the stimulus material to help you come up with ideas.

  • Plan your work to help you think through what you want to create.

  • Use a dictionary and a thesaurus to help with vocabulary and spellings.

 

This time, you can come up with your own title if you want to - but included in the stimulus material there is an activity based on a specific image - probably more suited to new or younger writers. There is also an Advanced Activity.

Possible titles might be:

  • The Modern Narcissus

  • Mirror Image

  • On the other side

  • Looking Glass

  • The Broken Mirror

  • Upside Down

 

This challenge's criteria:

 

1. Word count

 

No more than 600 words or two pages if a graphic text

 

2. To describe a mirror, a character, or place in detail

 

This means to use powerful vocabulary to create vivid descriptions.

 

You might challenge yourself to:

  • Include similes, metaphors and personification

  • Include alliteration

  • Include rhythm

  • Use pathetic fallacy

  • Use different senses to give your writing depth

 

3. To use the mirror to represent something

 

You could use the mirror to represent something big like 'truth' or 'vanity'.

You might also use the mirror to explore how things aren't always how they seem or what we think.

 

4. Control the accuracy and effect of your writing

 

This means to use paragraphs, punctuation and vocabulary as accurately as you can.

 

You might challenge yourself by:

  • Using single word or single sentence paragraphs / stanzas to emphasise something or to create a specific feeling

  • Use a semi-colon to connect ideas together

  • Use an ellipsis to include a cliff hanger or to build expectation

  • Using compound words to create a new feeling. This means putting two words of your choice together to create a new description. For example: I could use 'honey-silk' to describe the texture of a cloak or dress.

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