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Narrative Writing

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Tasha Epley

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Narrative Writing Your story needs a strong beginning. You can achieve this using one of the following methods:
Dialogue (Conversation)
A Question
A Vivid Description
An Interesting Fact
Sound Effects

http://www.learnnc.org/lp/pages/2992 Number 1 – Your Story Beginning
“ Hurry or you’ll be late!” called my mother from the bottom of the stairs. “Today of all days you want to be on time.” If I had only know what that day would bring, I would have stayed in bed. Dialogue Have you ever had a day when you wished you had stayed in bed? As I rushed to catch the bus on what seemed to be a perfectly normal day I had no idea what was ahead of me. A Question to Keep in Mind
When Writing a Narrative The sun was warm on my back as I raced toward the waiting yellow school bus. As I nestled into the worn leather seat I was greeted by the friendly voices of other excited children. The look on my face was one of confidence and contentment. With a jerk the bus rumbled down the road and I was on my way into one of the worst days of my life. A Vivid Description Shock has been known to kill ten year olds. It can cause their brains to explode and their heart to stop dead still. These facts raced through my mind as I stood dumbfounded in front of my fifth grade classmates. I wish I had stayed in bed! An Interesting Fact Sound Effects Be sure your story has paragraphs. They tell when you're switching time, place, topic or speaker, and they help break the page up so it is not just a solid block of writing. Number 2 - Paragraphs There are a few standard times to make a new paragraph:
When you start in on a new topic
When you skip to a new time
When you skip to a new place
When a new person begins to speak
When you want to produce a dramatic effect How Do I Know When To Start a New Paragraph? Capitalize
Beginnings of Sentences
Proper Nouns
End Marks (question mark, period, exclamation marks)
Commas when joining two sentences with a conjunction, addressing a person, with quotations, etc. Number 3 - Capitalization & Punctuation Remember words such as said, went, and put are BORING. Use words that describe the action. Number 4 – Use Rich Words NOT
My dad went to work.


My dad raced to work. Went NOT
Jane said she had a secret.


Jane whispered to Peter a wonderful secret. Said Show your reader that you have a high-quality, first-class, superior, excellent, exceptional, outstanding, brilliant, extraordinary, incomparable vocabulary by using 5th grade vocabulary words. Number 5 - Wow Words http://alon.hasharon.k12.il/new_ataralon/mikzoot/english/.%5Cdenise_text%5Cforcedownload.asp?fileToDownload=wowWords12class6.doc http://resources.sparklebox.me.uk/501-999/sb665.pdf Wow Words The Show, Don’t Tell method of writing is when the writer is able to create a picture in the reader's mind, to get away from the repetition of such empty words like went, big, or said. Number 6 - Show, Don’t Tell NOT
Susan exercised.


Sweat poured from Susan’s forehead as she continued to do one hundred sit-ups . The Five Rules for Writing Direct Quotations Number 7 - Conversation Remember
You must make a new paragraph every time
a different person speaks!!!! Conversation Vary your sentences.
Are some of your sentences long and others short?
Do you start the beginnings differently?
Do some sentences start with a part of speech other than a noun or pronoun? Number 8 - Sentences Use a little figurative language to add interest to your story.
Onomatopoeia Number 9 – Figurative Language comparison between two unlike things that have something in common using like or as
It's been a hard day's night and I've been working like a dog. - The Beatles
My heart is like an open highway. - Jon Bon Jovi
like two peas in a pod like Christmas in summer
as hungry as a bear as nutty as a fruitcake as quick as lightning Simile Metaphor– comparison between two unlike things that have something in common without using like or as
Patty was a raging tiger when she lost her lunch money.
During the night the forest was a dark, frightening battlefield. Metaphor repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables
down in the dumps
do or die
right as rain
sink or swim
pay the price
back to the basics
green as grass
live the life Alliteration the imitation of natural sounds in word form. These words help us form mental pictures about the things, people, or places that are described
sizzle Onomatopoeia In the beginning of your story, you should introduce your characters.
The reader should also know about the world your characters live in (the setting) and the something about each of the characters in your story.
The beginning of your story is also the place where your plot (the problem) is first introduced. Beginning Resolution Beginning Climax Rising Action Include
Sensory Details
Thoughts and Feelings
Suspense (Remember to build to a climax.) Middle This is the big finish. The end should reveal how you overcame your problem. All conflicts are resolved and everything goes back to normal. The End Freytag's Pyramid (Dramatic Arc Structure) Characters
Conflict Exposition Obstacles arise Rising Action Turning point, for good or for bad. Dramatic! Climax The conflict between main characters unravels. Falling Action The End. Dénouement (Resolution) Narrative Writing: Telling a story Sound Effects “Buzzzzzz!” The sound of my alarm clock droned in my ears as I struggled to come awake. With a start I sat straight up in my bed. This was my big day and I had to be on time. Vivid Descriptions http://alon.hasharon.k12.il/new_ataralon/mikzoot/english/.%5Cdenise_text%5Cforcedownload.asp?fileToDownload=wowWords12class6.doc Denouement Climax Falling Action Rising Action Exposition 10. Plot Structure
Freytag's Dramatic Pyramid &
Beginning, Middle, End Figurative Language Things
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