Writing Journal Worksheet – Imitation (PDF)
Imitation is the way to learn anything. Copy out a passage from an author you love on the left-hand side of this worksheet, and try to imitate their style on the right-hand side. Use the sidebar to make notes on vocabulary and syntax that you notice the author using, and look for patterns.
Consider, for example…
- Their use of adjectives
- Their use of adverbs
- Their use of conjunctions
- The way they start their sentences
- Their word choice
- The length of their sentences
- The length of their words
- Their use of punctuation
- Their use of tense
- How they develop…
- How they transition between…
You may also like to annotate the original text by highlighting or colour-coding the elements that interest you.