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Title: Personal Narrative


1
Personal Narrative
  • Tips and Techniques

2
FOCUS
  • Narrative effect is the main story, moral, or
    message offered.
  • Ask, Why am I telling this story? or Why
    should someone be interested in my experience?
  • Will the point be EXPLICIT or IMPLICIT?

3
DEVELOPMENT
  • Details add depth and color to the story.
  • Scene method very detailed, evocative
    description to immerse the reader in the
    situation.
  • Use SCENE method for one or two key areas of the
    story.
  • Summary method used to fill in the rest of the
    story with a brief synopsis.

4
ORGANIZATION AND COHERENCE
  • Three basic parts orientation, complication,
    and time structure.
  • Orientation establishes setting, characters,
    other essential elements.
  • Complication involves rising conflict that leads
    to the climax point of highest action.
  • Resolution conflict resolved and narrative effect
    is revealed or suggested.

5
O C contd
  • Time Structure chronological or psychological.
  • Chronological events described in order.
  • Psychological events described according to
    connections between themfor example a memory.
  • Flashback and flash forward (show possible
    outcomes)

6
STYLE
  • Style engages the reader.
  • Details should give a dominant impression of
    event fear, anxiety, confidence, guilt,
    surprise, etc.
  • Language use CONCRETE NOUNS and ACTIVE VERBS
    unload forms of BE and passive voice.
  • Sensory language taste, smell, sight, touch,
    hear the scene.

7
STYLE contd
  • Metaphors and similes help reveal the narrative
    effect
  • He was tall versus He was as tall as a mountain.
  • She was beautiful versus She was a fresh flower
    among the dried up weeds.

8
Point of View
  • Generally use first person (I, me, my, we, us,
    our), but third person can work.
  • Objective view leaves out the authors feelings.
  • Subjective view emphasizes the authors feelings
    toward a subject.
  • Use both!

9
ARTISTIC LICENSE
  • Beware the exaggeration for effect! Gone awry,
    exaggeration will damage credibility.
  • Personal narrative is an academic essay, not
    fiction!
  • Adapted from Tacoma Community College Writing
    Center.

10
Whats My Job?
  • Bring in a COMPLETE personal narrative draft on
    Thursday, September 5.
  • No more than 500 words.
  • Double spaced, typed.
  • Be prepared to share your draft in class.
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