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Transcript of Narrative Writing
telling a story. HoW to PLAN? 2. Point of view. 1st person
3rd person 4. Sequence of events ELEMENTS Characters
plot 1. PLOT! what is the climax or
the twist? Chronological order
reflective TIPS for writing a good narrative. 1. Show, don't tell. Don’t tell the reader what he or she is supposed to think or feel. Let the reader see, hear, smell, feel, and taste the experience directly, and let the sensory experiences lead him or her to your intended thought or feeling. Showing is harder than telling. It’s easier to say, "It was incredibly funny," than to write something that is incredibly funny. The rule of "show, don’t tell" means that your job as a storyteller is not to interpret; it’s to select revealing details. 2. Let people talk It’s amazing how much we learn about people from what they say. One way to achieve this is through carefully constructed dialogue. Work to create dialogue that allows the characters’ personalities and voices to emerge through unique word selection and the use of active rather than passive voice. 3. Characters in-depth character development
appearance and personality
2-3 main characters hook 'em! plot structure samples Well I was on my way home listening to the radio, now it was pretty close to 3:00. I was remembering all the fun in the club when suddenly a car pulls out in front of me and I slam on my brakes to keep from hitting it. But it didn't help. We collided. Well I got out and inspected my car. The guy I hit got out and came over and asked if I was okay, and the police came after that. I couldn't find my insurance. I was lucky I could remember my name. And then the police asked if I'd been drinking. I almost freaked out. I said yes sir. I had been earlier but not now. So he said for me to come on and he would take me for a breath test. I did. I registered drunk! Really drunk. He took me down to the jailhouse. they took a picture and fingerprinted me. 1. The radio was playing Tracy Chapman's Fast Car. I knew that it was late because there were no deejays on the radio that late into the night. My mind was recollecting the lively and wild time I had at the club a few hours ago. My body was on auto-pilot. I was recalling the number of drinks I had tonight when a car swerved onto road in front of me. Instinctively, I slammed my foot on the brakes. The screeching sound of the car braking was ear-piercing; yet, it paled in comparison to the sound of the collision of our cars.
Both of us got out unscathed, but shaken. We inspected the damage while waiting for the police to arrive. I was traumatised by the accident and the scene kept replaying itself in my head. The rate of my heartbeat must have gone over the roof. As I heard the sound of the approaching sirens, it dawned upon me that I had been drinking the entire night! I stood frozen as the sirens drew nearer, as did my impending doom. 2. driving under the influence of alcohol.