Writing a Narrative
A successful narrative contains:
· Recreates an experience; real or imagined
· Tell a story about an event or experience (usually in the 1st person)
· Sense of time, place and well-developed plot
· Organize the story to have a beginning, a middle, and an end (see story components notes)
· Include a conflict (sometimes given to you through a writing prompt), climax, and resolution
· Purposeful sequence
· Characters grow, change, discover
· Has a turning point near the climax
· Use details to help the reader imagine the event or the experience
· Uses dialogue- limited use (not too much)
· Get the reader hooked with the first line.
· Use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization
· Figure out where/ how your story really begins?
· Open with a real lead that makes your reader want to keep reading?
· Center your story around a conflict, problem, or question?
· Figure out how you will resolve the conflict, solve the problem or answer the question? (HINT: you do not HAVE to have a HAPPY ending- but you do need to tie up the loose ends!)
· Let your reader know when and where your story takes place?
· Make your characters seem real, not like cardboard cutouts without feelings or thoughts?
· Give your characters interesting things to say? Use dialogue wisely?
· Show your characters doing things that reveal what they are like?
· Tell things in an order that makes sense and keeps the reader wanting to find out what happens next?
· Skip over (or leave out) little boring details that do not matter?
· Tell the reader everything he/she needs to know to get the point of your story?
· End your story in a good spot (showing how everything came out, but not going on too long)?
Tips to think about:
· Do you have a good plot?
· Could someone turn your story into a movie?
· Are your characters like live people?
· Do they show their feelings?
· Would you read the story if someone else wrote it?