How do you write a three paragraph narrative about "How I Learned to Drive"?

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Begin the narrative with a humorous or dramatic statement. For example: “It can be a great experience to learn how to drive.” Write from the first person perspective to make this a really personal story and an event that is a part of your experience. It is best to choose one of these approaches to the topic.

  • An event that is part of your current experience
  • An experience that occurred in the near past or which is currently ongoing
  • An event that could have occurred in the life of someone close

The next step is to decide what your approach will be--humorous or dramatic.  Before writing, establish these necessary aspects of the story:

  • who will be involved;
  • where did it happen;
  • when did it happen;
  • what impact did it have on you;
  • and what lesson did you learn from the experience.

If the writer has these things in his mind, writing the story will be easy. It is especially important to have the moral or lesson of the story because that will be the theme of the narrative.

Follow a chronological order for the story.  If the writer is adventurous, start in the present time; then, take the reader back in time to the event as it happened in the past. In this short, short narrative, it is probably better to tell it in sequential order.

Make the story interesting by using vivid language  and descriptive words. "He did this..." is not attention grabbing.  So use the most vivid and colorful  language to make the story come to life. Have the reader enter the car as the driver gets in and make him feel as though he is there. 

The main point of the story should be mentioned in the first sentence. The body contains what happened. Finally, the conclusion lets the reader know what has been learned from the experience.

Ideas for the story about driving might stem from these ideas:

  1. Never let your brother teach you to drive.
  2. Read the manual before the lesson.
  3. Do not lose your keys before the lesson.
  4. What happens when the first lesson is in the cow pasture?
  5. Be Careful, Drive Slow, Drive Safe! 
  6. Don't forget the insurance.

1st point-Introduce the idea for the story. Introduce the people involved and set the scene. Use only first person.

Here is a potential idea or example: The brother has agreed to teach you because no one else has the time.  Now think of what funny thing(s) could happen during the lesson. Where did the lesson take place?  How much do you already know about driving?  Did  you fight with him, is he rude, or does he see a pretty girl?

2nd point-Bring the ordinary to life! Find the approach and make it either funny or traumatic. The audience should want to laugh or cry at the end of your story.

3rd point-Know what the moral of the story is so you can make the story end up in that place.

Another thing to remember about what to write is that life is a series of choices and decisions. Create a set of decisions that led up to the choice to have your brother teach you to drive. Have fun and make this a memorable slice of your life!



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