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NARRATIVE WRITING

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Shuqi Hong

on 2 September 2013

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Transcript of NARRATIVE WRITING

NARRATIVE WRITING
Introduction
Climax
Buildup of events
Characters confront a problem

Conclusion
Resolution of complication
Reflect on the situation

TECHNIQUES IN
NARRATIVE WRITING

Description
Weather
Surroundings
Sights, sound
Eg. The glorious ball of fire burned brightly in the expansive blue sky. The rainforest towered over us, providing shade as the melodious songs of the birds filled the atmosphere.
Flashback
Eg. I can still recall the pain I felt in my knees as I surged forward.
Must remember to flash forward at the end of your narrative
Sound Effects/
Dialogue
Eg. "Boom!" , "Suzy, hurry up! We're going to be late!"

Proverbs & Idioms
Idioms are phrases that do not mean exactly what they say.
Eg. Do not put all your eggs into one basket.
Proverbs are wise sayings.
Eg. Good things come in small packages.
INTRODUCTION

Use Vivid Descriptions
What do you smell?
What do you taste?
What do you see?
What do you hear?
What do you feel/touch?
Variation of Vocabulary
Use of synonyms for common words
Say - explained, answered, implored, muttered, pleaded
Good - admirable, commendable, marvelous, splendid
Bad - atrocious, awful, dreadful, unsatisfactory
Refer to your Excel in Grammar book
BODY
Setting
Character
Personal Recount
Sequence of events told from a first-person point of view
Past tense
Eg. Diary entries, historical records, newspaper articles
Narrative
May be either first-person or third-person point of view
Past tense
Must have a complication and resolution
3 stages plot
Question
Ask a thought provoking question
Eg. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the stage?

CONCLUSION
Reflection
Summarises on the point of the story
Main character or characters reflect on the situation and express their feelings about the situation.
Quote
Use quotes by famous people.
Proverbs and idioms can be used too, if you did not use this technique for your introduction.
Flashforward
Only applies for narratives that start with flashbacks.
Bring your reader back to present day.
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