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Handout for Narrative Writing
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Narrative Writing: Narrative writing tells a story or part of a story.
A basic narrative (or story) must contain a definite beginning, middle and end. Paragraphing isn't as important as chronological order of events in the story. The narrative format is based on telling a story in a logical order. A story needs to be told with passion and a clear progression from beginning to end. Dialogue and details add to the quality of the story as do descriptions of the scene. Remember the following as you write your narrative:
- Keep to the story you are telling. Do not stray or go off on a tangent. Do not tell a story within a story.
- Make sure that the events in your story happen in a chronological order.Do not skip around in your telling of the story or jump from one event to another or suddenly change scene.
- Use great vocabulary. You want to show that you have a good command of words that are above and beyond those the average student your age knows.
- Use dialogue or other creative writing strategies somewhere in your story.
- Use similes and strong verbs to enhance descriptions.
- Make sure that you include enough detail to make your story interesting to the reader, to keep him/her hooked.
- Write with a clear voice. Pick whether you want to write using "I" or a third person (he or she) and stick with it.
Narrative writing appears in and is not limited to novels, short stories,biographies, autobiographies, historical accounts, essays, poems, and plays.
The Beginning, Middle and End of a Narrative
- Begin with a "grabber" to hook your reader.
- Describe scene.
- Introduce characters.
- Develop story with at least one specific incident or happening
- Keep your happenings in the correct order for time.
- Include descriptions.
- Here is where your action takes place.
- A conversation might work well here.
- This is a good place for a simile or two or even a bit of humor.
- Bring story to a close, referring to events in the story for continuity.
- Wrap it up with a satisfying ending, a zinger, or a humorous comment to leave your reader with a feeling of completion.
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A handy handout to explain narrative writing to your students.