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Narrative Writing Strategies

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Transcript of Narrative Writing Strategies

The Thesis
Narration
A Few More Tips
Order
Transitions
WN#2: August 30, 2017
The NP should convey the significance or meaning of the story's
conflict
.
Throughout the story,
eliminate
details that do not support the NP;
add
more details that do.
Use
dramatic license
(embellishment) to add or reshape details that suit the NP.

(narrative-speak for "thesis")
Prompt
: "Human beings are instinctively storytellers. Our hunger for telling and listening to stories is basic" (Nadell and Langan 155). Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
5 sentences minimum
Do you believe in the power of storytelling? Do you enjoy telling and hearing stories?
Order with Style
Keep your verb tense consistent.


Personal narratives are most often told in the PAST tense.
after, later, last, until, till, then, before, hence, since, when, once, about, next, now, whenever, eventually, meanwhile, therefore, however, although, still, additionally, first (second, third, etc.)
in addition, as well as, then again, above all, in reality, after all, in addition, in order to, in the event that, in other words, in this case, on the positive/negative side, as a result, for this reason, for the most part, in the meantime, all of a sudden
Narrative Writing Strategies
TLW
Chapter 11
The Narrative Point
Chronological Order
Flashback
Flashforward
Common Transition Words
Common Transition Phrases
Transition words/phrases are often preceded by, followed by, or surrounded by
commas
as they indicate natural pause points.
If you include a TW/TP, see if you find yourself pausing in its context and add commas where appropriate.
The Role of Commas
"Make the narrative vigorous and immediate" (Nadell and Langan 159).
A.K.A. "
time

order
" - events are in the order that they actually happened
Convey with
transition words
Disruption of chronological order by going
back in time
and then returning to the present setting of the story

A.K.A. "prolepsis"
Disruption of chronological order by going
forward in time
and then returning to the present setting of the story
Not quite the same as
foreshadowing
, which involves
hinting
at a future event
The Title
:
Don't Rush
Remember
: Some of the best titles are born from the conclusion the paper.
Create your title AFTER you have written your essay.
The title should be centered just above the essay itself.
NO TEXT FEATURES (bolding, italics, underlining)
Create a
sensory experience
for the reader so that he/she can imagine being a part of the action.
Who is narrating the story?
YOU
: First person POV (I, me, we, us...)
Someone else
: Third person POV (he, she, they, it...)
!!!
KEEP
REVISING

Up Next...
We will now take a
30-minute break
. During this time, grab a snack/drink, run to the restroom, etc., and check out the personal narrative student samples on Canvas.

1. Log onto learn.maricopa.edu.
2. Click on this class.
3. Click on Modules.
4. View the files under the Personal Narrative module to see samples of student work (be prepared to discuss).

NOTE
: The samples are all of different lengths. YOUR essay needs to be
700 words
.
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