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Narrative Writing

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Aditya Patel

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Transcript of Narrative Writing

Narrative Writing
Key Points
Key Points cont.
Characters in the story usually come out of the narrative influenced by the experience

What is a Narrative?
A Narrative is formally defined as "A story or account of events, experiences, or the like, whether true or fictitious."
This form of essay is designed to be more personal, allowing the writer to express themselves in a more creative and, usually, emotional way.
Watch and Learn, Kids
Hook beginning
Begin as close to main event as possible
Descriptive Segment:
3-4 sentences long
Describes critical setting, character, or object
Helps draw reader in and experience fictional world
Sense of anticipation
Causes tension
Main Event:
Most important part of story
Scene should be stretched out
Brings main event to close
Extended Ending:
Summarizes main character's feelings/memories
Ending should not be abrupt
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Why Write a Narrative?
Why not? Narratives tend to be far more flexible than other forms of essays, allowing even things that are considered to be arbitrary to take on new and deeper meanings, making it vastly easier to convey emotion, opinions, or experiences.
A "How To" on Narratives
Synonymous with story
Narratives are an account of a series of events which gives the reader a sequence of written or spoken words
May also be disclosed through pictures
Organized into categories
New Journalism
Fictionalized historical events
short stories
Narrative essay - Tell a story in a way the audience gains/learns something.
Descriptive essay - describe a person, object or event vividly

Not-so-fiction(Biographies, etc.)
Examples of Narratives:
-The main point of narrative writing is TO TELL A STORY
-Narratives come in two forms, fictional, like stories, and not-so fictional, like biographies
Narratives come in a rainbow of subtypes, but only have two really key types. Those two main types are Fictional writing and Biography
Told in first person, I, we, me...
Sometimes third person, they, he, or she

Some subtypes aforementioned are:
Sci-fi, Spy-fi, Medi-fi, Mystery, Horror, Action, Thriller(not Michael Jackson's), Crime-fi, among others.
Most subtypes are mostly just amalgamations of different genres, like Spy-action-horror fiction.
Six Main Elements to Consider When Starting Your Piece
- sequence of events
- time and place
- author describes character
- reader judges character based on actions or what they say
- general mood of piece
Point of View
- who is narrating the story (first person vs. third person)
- central problem that drives the action of he story
Chose a type:
Character struggles through problem/adventure
Character has to solve problem
Character ends up changed at end of story
Personal Experience
The setting or experience is central
Author relies on powerful language and detailed descriptions
Develop Your Piece Further
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