How do you prepare for the short story writing section of an English examination?
Say the exam was split into three segments: Reading comprehension, short story writing and extended response. You have one and a half hours to complete the exam.
The extended response section is based on the novel 'Skellig' by David Almond, and will usually only be a question such as 'Explain the character development in Skellig'. The topic is not given beforehand.
The short story section will be about writing a creative story on a random given topic. The topic could be 'Horror' or 'Teenage audience' or 'use the words, a stone, a shadow, a rock etc.'
The reading comprehension section will consist of an unseen text or texts that you must provide short answer responses on (eg. explain the tone).
Any tips? How would I go about preparing and how can I ace it (95-100%)?