Scavenger Hunt 6.

  • Awkward phrasing like “lorry driver girlfriend”


  • Misuse of words such as “She sobbed in the dock at Southampton Crown Court”


  • No editing – “after an an anonymous tip-off”


  • Strange wording choice – “Webb received a total of £91,251.18 in housing benefits, council tax benefits and income support over a seven year period, the court heard”
  • Unnecessary words/information that doesn’t fit right – “The pair, from the city, were caught out by the Department of Work and Pensions”

Scavenger Hunt 5.

The style is simple, easy to read and straight to the point. It may be a short article but it’s still informative and makes you think.

It’s the title that caught my eye but the writing style isn’t too bad. It can get a bit dry but it’s kept light and manages to use big words without sounding too pretentious.

It could have been edited a bit better but it was easy to read and although it was written formally, it was not dry and overly dull.


Scavenger Hunt 4.

Ernest Hemingway – – Simple, straight forward, direct,

Hunter S. Thompson – – colloquial, erratic, simple,

Emily Bronte – – descriptive, long sentences,

Margaret Atwood – – long sentences, detailed,

J. D. Salinger – – eccentric, colloquial,

Dashiell Hammet – – descriptive, simple,

Jonathan Lethem – – realistic, detailed, descriptive,

Dave Barry – – simple, colloquial,

James Joyce – – incoherent, confusing, childish,

Douglas Coupland – – lists, questions, colloquial,

Nick Hornby – – contemporary, long sentences,

Chuck Palahniuk – – short sentences, colloquial, strange,

Virginia Woolf – – subjective, imagery,

Raymond Chandler – – long sentences, detail, descriptive

Kurt Vonnegut – – simple, blunt,

Angela Carter – – descriptive, formalish,


Scavenger Hunt 3.

Key Points:

  • Writers voice is difficult to define
  • Writers can be compared actors
  • When writing you don’t have to be super strict about the “rules” you were taught in English, sometimes its fine to break them
  • Writer’s voice is important and if you don’t use it then you’ll dye out in your writing ’cause you won’t be yourself
  • Writer’s voice is directly linked to the writer’s personality
  • Voice tends to change depending on what genre you’re writing
  • Every person has unique voice because every person is unique
  • There is a difference between Tone and Voice
  • A good voice will sound real and not forced
  • Style and Voice are often used interchangeably though they are somewhat different

Scavenger Hunt 1.

1) Anyone who is going to be a writer knows enough at fifteen to write several novels. — May Sarton

2) Good writing is bad writing that was rewritten. –Marc Raibert

3) Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary. — Jessamyn West

4) Borges said there are only four stories to tell: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power, and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum. – Paulo Coelho

5) A writer’s block is most often caused by one of five things: overwork, boredom, self-doubt, financial worries, or emotional problems between the writer and those close to him. — Dean Koontz

6) One of the really bad things you can do to your writing is to dress up the vocabulary, looking for long words because you’re maybe a little bit ashamed of your short ones. — Stephen King

7) There’s a trick I’m going to share with you. I learned it almost twenty years ago and I’ve never forgotten it. … So pay attention. Don’t begin at the beginning. — Lawrence Block

8) The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor. — Stephen King

9) If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to ­music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don’t just stick there scowling at the problem. But don’t make telephone calls or go to a party; if you do, other people’s words will pour in where your lost words should be. Open a gap for them, create a space. Be patient. — Hilary Mantel

10) Meeting writers is always so disappointing. … There is this terrific book that has changed your life, and then you meet the author, and he has shifty eyes and funny shoes and he won’t talk about anything except the injustice of the United Stats income tax structure toward people with fluctuating income, or how to breed Black Angus cows, or something. — Ursual k. Le Guin


Why I like Quote 4:

It’s really true. Some people get caught up in trying to write something that’s never been written before, but that’s impossible. Instead of spending forever trying to think up a “new” idea it’s better to just combine a bunch of things together or put your own spin on things. There’s no shame in reusing an idea. At least, that’s my thought process.

Slice of Life – Button

It was raining, again, so the little girl had made sure to throw on something to keep the rain at bay as a she scurried off to school. It was still raining on the way back home too, but it was better than before. She hurriedly took off her rain boots before entering her house. Her small fingers tugged at the bright yellow buttons of her equally bright and well-worn raincoat. “Mommy, I’m home,” she called out towards the kitchen of her house where her mother could usually be found making the standard after school snack. She knew something was wrong the moment she heard no reply. Worried, the blonde scrambled into the house, completely forgetting about her half open jacket that was threatening to fall of her tiny shoulders.

She found her mother sitting on the couch, the TV’s flickering lights illuminating a blank look on her normally smiling face. “Mommy?” the girl asked tentatively. Her innocent and confused voice broke the adult out of her stupor; she unsteadily rose to her feet, kneeled down to become eye-level with her daughter, and then embraced her petite body so tightly the girl made a small noise of pain. “Mommy?” the girl tried again to get a response but was unsuccessful. “Cheer up Mommy. Daddy’s coming home today!” At those words the woman’s body stiffened before beginning to shake. Over her mother’s shaking shoulders the little girl caught a glimpse of the TV screen; the words “September 11” repeatedly flashed across it.