Paper 2- Imaginative Writing

What is creative writing?

The definition of creative writing is writing that expresses ideas and thoughts in an imaginative way.

For your exam you will have to produce a creative writing piece. This might range from describing an image in detail to creating an exciting story. It is hard to revise for this paper but the video below is useful to explain how to make your writing more interesting.

To make your work creative you may want to add in language features to your work. Below are some examples of different techniques you may use and examples. By adding these language features into your work it will make it more dramatic and appealing for the reader to read, it will also make your work so much more interesting and engaging.

Use this website if you need to go through what the different language features are again.

If you are describing a picture in detail you might also want to use the 5 senses. TIP- You could do a paragraph on what you hear, see, taste, smell and touch!

Below is also a sheet of the 5 sense which you can download and print (I also have copies of these in my office in the library). You can use this as your plan to write down any ideas before having a go at writing your descriptive writing using all your language features 🙂




Technique Examples
Simile – a descriptive technique that compares one thing with another, usually using ‘as’ or ‘like’. The trees stood as tall as towers.
Metaphor – a descriptive technique that names a person, thing or action as something else. The circus was a magnet for the children.
Hyperbole – a use of obvious exaggeration for rhetorical effect. The sun scorched through the day.
Personification – a metaphor attributing human feelings to an object. The sun smiled at the hills, ready to begin a new day.
Pathetic fallacy – a type of personification where emotions are given to a setting, an object or the weather. The clouds crowded together suspiciously overhead as the sky darkened.
Onomatopoeia – words that sound a little like they mean. The autumn leaves and twigs cracked and crunched underfoot.
Oxymoron – a phrase combining two or more contradictory terms. There was a deafening silence
Emotive language – language intended to create an emotional response. A heart-breaking aroma of death filled the air as he surveyed the devastation and destruction that had befallen them all.