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Writing Anecdotes

How to write an anecdote.

Leigh Russo

on 31 March 2014

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Writing Anecdotes
Write about your own experience
The memory should be vivid
It can be humorous, painful, gratifying, poignant, enlightening, heartwarming, uplifting, or embarrassing
Follow these simple steps to write an anecdote:
1. Limit the anecdote to one incident or experience.
2. Start with an introduction that sets the scene and produces a mood for the anecdote.
3.Put the events in chronological order.
4. Use language that paints a clear picture of the people, setting, and action. Use strong verbs.
5. Use first person pronouns.
An example:
Finally, give your anecdote an interesting title.
Anecdote: a short interesting story taken from a person's personal experience (or that of someone they have heard about)
If I could redo one choice in my life, I would choose not to ride my cousin’s motorcycle. Growing up, I wanted to be just like my cousin Steven, even when he got a dirt bike. When I was seven years old, I asked Steven if I could ride his new motorcycle. My hand revving the throttle, I took off, slid on the pavement, and became trapped under my aunt’s car.
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