Last Week’s Writer of the Week, Ayisha Santos Costa.

A section of Ayisha’s marvellous story:

It suddenly started to thunder just as Simon reached the vicious scaly dragon. Outside his rotten cave there looked like there was fresh blood. Strangely a daunting crow was flying annoyingly in front of Simon. Simon twisted to the side trying to get rid of the bird, as he did that he saw an intrepid soldier that had fought the dragon to his death.

Because Simon did not listen to the bird and turn back, the crow shoved a rock off the cave wall to wake the dragon from his deep sleep. Simon took two slow paces back and one rapid one. The dragon woke up very annoyed and angry. The dragon stood up with its scales releasing from its sleep. The dragon struck at Simon as quick as a flash.

So the fight began, Simon got off to a very good start, but he sort of went downhill. Simon had a plan because the dragon had turned around. “ACCC!” Screamed the dragon. And the dragon was dead.

Ayisha has began this chapter with great pathetic fallacy. This has built the tension up immediately, the reader can assume it will be an exciting and violent scene due to the thunder. Along with this she has included two additional characters; the crow and the dead soldier. Both of these are fairly bleak and add to the tension furthermore. 

Although the main fight with the dragon is quick, she has not rushed whatsoever to reach the actual fight. This is the part of the writing that is key to keep the reader engaged. She has definitely been successful in keeping the reader excited, I couldn’t take my eyes away from it! 

This week’s writer of the week to come on Monday… 

Simon’s Quest for his Spurs

What skills/attributes does Simon need on his quest for his spurs?
According to Year 5 he needs:
·       A heart full of bravery
·       A great knowledge of how to ride his gallant stead
·       To keep a clear head
·       A head full of courage
·       Determination
·       Have the eye and the mind-set of the enemy
·       Enthusiasm
·       Self-belief: confidence and never giving up
·       Eager to train and constantly better himself
·       Resilience
·       Quick reactions and endless skill
·       Perseverance
·        Strategic plans
·       Armour full of hope
·       Silver coin to trade or to give to the wizard for potions
·       Wisdom of a wizard
·       The unbreakable silver sword of strength
·       Resourcefulness
·       Unlimited arrows and a golden bow
·       Shield of faith which is resistant to the intense fire of the dragon
·       Compass to guide him through his quest
·       His favourite foods to strength and energy
·       To use the weather as guide
·       To keep a diary to write down all of his adventures, plans and motives
·       Logic
·       Great navigational skills
·       A bottle of memories
·       Enchanted golden apple of regeneration
·       Magic quill to ensure that he can always jot down his thoughts
·       Bowl to enable him to eat and carry water
·       Magic potion of never-ending strength and agility
·       Magic box which will transform his hopes into reality
·       Curious
·       Cloak of invisibility given to him by the powerful wizard
·       Trustful
·       Time travelling abilities given to him by the wizard
·       Reflexes that enable him to challenge all and to protect himself
·       Small section of the magical unicorn horn to heal all of his potential wounds
·       Crystal ball of the past , present and future
·       Unicorn dust –grinded horn of the unicorn
·       Steel helmet of a fallen knight
·       Sword to slay the dragon
·       Wisdom  of safe foods to eat
·       Shoe of stability
Quite a lot of things! Have we missed anything out?