John Marsden Writing Topic #93

Write a recipe (like a cake recipe) describing what you’d see as a good time, then write one for a bad time**

A night out with friends (a good time):


-Underwear and stockings

-One dress

-One pair of black leather sandals

-Perfume and make-up (optional)


-Membership to a club (like Collegians or an RSL club)

-Group of friends


  1. Organise a date, time and decide what club to go for dinner with your friends at least a week in advance.
  2. Decide what dress you are going to wear.
  3. Decide if you are going to wear perfume and make-up.
  4. Once you have decided on a dress, have a shower, get dressed and put on shoes.
  5. Put essential items such as wallet and phone in matching handbag.
  6. Get the train or bus to the club.
  7. Use membership card to get into the bistro.
  8. Meet with friends, have dinner and a good time.


A pap smear exam (a bad time):



-Mobile phone

-Health Insurance and Bank Card




  1. Go to the GP and ask for a referral to a gynaecologist for a pap smear.
  2. Go to the gynaecologist’s office with the referral and wait to be seen, use mobile phone to entertain yourself while waiting.
  3. Once you enter the Gynaecologist’s office following instructions to have the pap smear completed (and most important, remember to relax).
  4. Once the appointment is over remember to show your health insurance and bank card to pay.


**Reference: Marsden, J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.



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