Challenge 8: Opposites

We invite you to get creative using contrasts and opposites - Expand your creative writing to use contrasts to be persuasive or create powerful images and meanings.


The stimulus material:

This week, we want you to choose an opposite pair to use in your writing. This could be light and dark, sweet and sour, happy and sad... the choice is yours!

1. 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.

2. Images and Word Clouds

This file includes lots of images to help you get ideas for your writing.

This challenge requires you to think about how you can use opposites to create a powerful and poetic image.

You might choose contrasting colours, styles, ages, people, places... anything. You might use the contrast to bias your reader for or against something. You might also use contrasts to make us love or hate a character.

Then invent a story for it. Perhaps it is based on something true, or something completely imagined.

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

  • A speech / article / argument

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.

Possible titles might be (you can use your own if you want to):

  • I have a dream

  • Light and Dark

  • Love and Hate

  • A tale of two...

  • Yes and No

  • Now and Then


This challenge's criteria:


1. Word count


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


2. To use a contrast to create a powerful meaning


This means to use powerful, contrasting vocabulary to create vivid descriptions.


You might challenge yourself to:

  • Include similes and metaphors

  • Include alliteration

  • Include repetition

  • Include personification

  • Use religious or nature imagery.


3. To use opposites as a metaphor to represent a moral message


This might mean using your contrast to represent something good and something bad.


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 a colon to separate opposite ideas

  • Use repetition to reinforce your message

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