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Narrative writing

A story with a conflict and a

Seven Tips
Write on one experience with a conflict
• Ask the 5 W how questions:
Who( characters)
What happened (plot)
Where (setting)
How (plot/storyline)
• Use lots of dialogue
• Make sure you have a climax
• Make sure there is a resolution to the
Step One
• Choose a memory, and bring it to life by
recalling the details
• Imagine the story in your mind
• Organize the plot line and main events on
an outline
Step Two
• What did you hear, see, feel and
experience and can write about?
• Add your details to your outline
Five Ways to start writing the
• Start with a description
• Start with a question
• Start with an anecdote [self-experience]
• Start with a quotation [idioms]
• Start with dialogue
Things to think about while you are
• Stories can make you laugh and can make you
• The essential elements are to have three key
• Select good narrative details that add to the
• Use description in your narrative writing
• Use dialogue for a purpose
• Establish a point of view ( who is telling the
Ideas to write on:

• A time when you were a child and learned a

lesson in life
• Patience
• Self control
• Lack of anger
• Sharing
• Forgiving
• Not lying about something
• Not taking someone else’s things

• A time when you were afraid and it worked

• A time when you made a big mistake and
how it worked out
• A time when life was tough and yet in time
you got over it
Next Step
• Start with writing your actions in your
• Next, add the who, what, when where into
your essay.
• Define in a few sentences where this story
is happening and who is in it.
• Draw us into the story
• In the introduction, you can start with
dialogues, feelings, experiences,
backflashes, anecdotes, questions, or
While you are writing
• Add your details
• Details are:
• Anecdotes, incidents, similes, metaphors,
comparisons, adjectives, adverbs,
experiences, examples, dialogue, feelings.
Paragraphs 2,3,4
• These paragraphs are called the body
• Each paragraph is building the story to a
• The climax should be starting in paragraph
3, but really comes to fruition in paragraph
• The climax is the highest and most
exciting point in the story.
Paragraph 5
• This is the resolution to the story. Your
story needs to be resolved in paragraph 5,
and a conclusion needs to happen. Add
interesting sentences and make the
ending believable. Don’t always wake up
from a dream!