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Improving your narrative writing skills

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Gonzalo Espinosa

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Transcript of Improving your narrative writing skills

Improving your
Narrative Writing Skills
Discuss the following questions

a. Why do we write?
b. What aspects do we consider when writing?
c. What steps do we take in writing?
d. What problems/obstacles do we face?


P
LANNING
O
UTLINING
W
RITING
E
DITING
R
EWRITING

Type of text:
Narrative

Purpose/function:
to communicate ideas
to say what happened
to describe events, people, objects and places
to give a message or a moral
Characteristics
Past te
nses and past forms
Connectors: addition, time, contrast, enumeration, cause and result
Linking phrases: (un)fortunately, to my surprise, when time passed
Organization: intro, development, conclusion
Planning:
How can we come up with ideas?
Sources:

books
readers
pictures
movies
songs
imagination
own experiences

General Topic:
last holidays

Major subtopics
: going to the cinema, sports, friends, food

Details
: everything around a major topic, exploit your senses.

A. He and his wife settled in the Pacific Northwest. They had three children.
B. He and his wife settled in the Pacific Northwest and soon had three children.
A. He went back to Italy, he went to look for another wife, and he took the children with him.
B. After her death, the man, with the children, went back to Italy to look for another wife.

A. He got to Italy, he wanted to marry a woman. She had left for this country. He and the children returned to the United States.
B.
When
he got there, he discovered that the woman he wanted to marry had recently left for the United States,
so
he and the children returned to this country, following the woman to a small town in New York State.

A. His wife died.
B.
Unfortunately,
his wife died.

A. He convinced her to marry him, they settled in New York and had five children, and my mother was one of them.
B.
Finally
he convinced the woman to marry him, they settled on a farm there and
eventually
had five children.

A
. He got to Italy, he wanted to marry a woman. She had left for this country.
B1. He got to Italy. He wanted to marry a woman. She had left for this country.
B2. When he got there, he discovered that the woman he wanted to marry had recently left for the United States, …

A. He immigrated to the United States in the late 1800s.
B. In the late 1800s, a man immigrated to the United States.
First Sentence
Type of Sentence
Linking Word
Punctuation
Steps in Writing
P-O-W-E-R
What should we do before writing?
Type of text?
Purpose/Function?
Characteristics?
Outlining: How do we organize ideas?
First and Last Sentence
Why are they important?
Analyse the paragraphs considering:
Type of sentence
Linking words
Punctuation
First sentence
Mind map
Chronological order
Listing
Questions
TASK: get ready for your first draft
P-O-W-E-R
Choose one of the following topics
my last holidays
a memory from childhood
an unforgettable/appalling experience
an incident
my best birthday party
Intensive Writing
What have you done since you woke up this morning?
IW: An Important Bus Ticket
IW: An Important Bus Ticket
Plan & Outline
Introduction - Development - Conclusion
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