train journeyImagine you had a remarkable train journey, detected a bomb, rescued the passengers and in the confusion lost your luggage. write an essay on it..  

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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You could try to create a fun irony by having the reaction to the lost luggage be the biggest deal in the story, rather than merely the conclusion.  Perhaps there is something important in the luggage and that the luggage is continually on the mind of your protagonist even in the midst of all this seemingly all-important  action adventure that is taking place.  Maybe the character tries to take the luggage along or he continually takes things out of the luggage that help him on this remarkable journey.  Have fun with it!

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Be sure to include dialogue in your story as it adds a sense of reality to the narrative.  If you can make the loss of the luggage ironic or humorous, too, then your story will have that interesting reversal that stories by O. Henry and Saki possess. Perhaps, trying for a serious Agatha Christie tone in the exposition and rising action and evn the climax can lead to the ironic reversal of the hero carelessly losing luggage.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This sounds more like a story than an essay. I suggest you being by brainstorming, either with an outline or story map. You have a lot of detil to start with. Take each of these events, and use it as the basis for adding detail. Describe the who, what, when, where and why of each event. Since you are the main character, you want to describe yourself and how you are feeling at each event. Follow the story diagram. Begin with exposition, where you introduce the characters and setting. Then, have an inciting event that begins the conflict. In this case, it might be finding the bomb. Then, rising action. Things start to get more complicated. At the climax, you reach the turning point of the story. Finally, in the resolution you solve your problems, which mat or mat not include finding you luggage!

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