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Narrative Writing Tricks
Transcript of Narrative Writing Tricks
Tips and Tricks that will breath life
into your writing.
Use simile or metaphor to form images in the reader's mind.
Fusing a group of words
(with a hyphen) to
function as 1 adjective.
Use 3 adjectives, nouns, or verbs
together in order to add detail.
Use specific details
to create a better visual
for the reader
Hyphenated Modifier Examples
I was having one of those
Allison plunged into the water with her nothing-can-hold-me-back attitude.
Specific Details for Effect Examples
Short Sentence Samples
We began to see Max’s age take over his
body as he stared up the basement steps,
as if the stairwell was Kilimanjaro, and
he was on crutches.
His right eyelid is distorted like a sagging wrinkled prune.
I sank to the floor like an anchor.
My heart pounded like a drum.
Magic 3 Examples
Since meeting Matt, I had secretly
believed he could be the one to
seal the void that only make-up,
credit cards, and cappuccinos had
attempted to fill before.
He had brown hair, brown eyes,
and bad teeth.
Somewhere between the five dollars admission, the back of Matt’s head, and the blonde holding his hand, my plans had gone wrong.
We sat down, third aisle, right across from the large altar, near the good-looking choir girls.
A pair of blue baggy pants hung loosely around the energetic 53-year-old’s waist.
. He wore his customary leather jacket and leather gloves, even though it was a warm spring day.
Short Powerful Sentences
Never think for a moment
that a short simple sentence,
doesn’t pack a powerful punch!
At that moment, I was a child again.
I never knew love until the day I lost it.
One word describes Paul: delinquent.
Take it from me, never buy a used guitar.
Sweat dripped down my face.
I sunk to the floor like an anchor.
Use some onomatopoeia
so we can time travel with
you to the scene.
Make some noise!
Pounding the drums.
Teeth chattering, dogs growling,
Josie splashed in the water.
Buzzing of bees
The window crashed down
As the steaks sizzled on the grill,
A group of words joined together with hyphens to function as 1 adjective
Show, Don't Tell
The rule of "show, don’t tell"
means that your job as a
storyteller is not to interpret;
it’s to select revealing details. An easy way to accomplish showing and not telling, is to avoid linking verbs.
Instead of saying, " The large, shaggy dog was breathing noisily with its mouth open," say,
"The sheepdog panted."
Instead of writing, "The girls were excited." Say, "Giggles and screams filled the arena. In anticipation of the event , the girls’..."
Show, Don't Tell Samples
Give life (human traits) to an object
The damp sidewalk caught my tears.
The sorry engine wheezed its death cough.
The candle flame danced in the dark.
The brown grass was begging for water.
FULL CIRCLE ENDING
You end with the same idea you began your paper
Full Circle Examples
My friend's band continued to play as I walked out of the coffee club...
...my friend's band continued to play as I walked down the sad street...
Title of the paper "Grunt"
Last sentence, "As he squeezed my hand, he whispered, "Now this time GRUNT!"