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Table of Contents
Understanding personal narratives
Tell a story.
Make a point – usually.
Observe details closely.
Reflection: Peggy Noonan , from "We Need to Talk"
Exploring purpose and topic
Brainstorm, freewrite, build lists, and use memory prompts
to find a topic for a personal narrative.
Choose a manageable subject.
Understanding your audience
Select events that will keep readers engaged.
Pace the story effectively.
Tailor your writing to your intended readers.
Finding and developing your materials
Trust your experiences.
Creating a structure
Consider a simple sequence.
Build toward a climax.
Use images to tell a story.
Choosing a style and design
Don’t hesitate to use first person – I.
Use figures of speech such as similies, metaphors, and analogies
to make memorable comparisons.
In choosing verbs, favor active rather than passive voice.
Use powerful and precise modifiers.
Use dialogue to propel the narrative and to give life to your characters.
Develop major characters through language and action.
Develop the setting to set the context and mood.
Literacy narrative: Strange Tools, Richard Rodriguez