YOUR MISSION: to write a personal narrative essay.
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Writing a personal narrative essay
A personal narrative essay tells the reader your story, so the last thing you want is for it to be boring or dull. Compared with an autobiographical report, which is a simple account of your life, a personal narrative crafts your memories into an entertaining piece of writing. It conveys a life message to the reader, so developing and sustaining the narrative is key to its success. Spend time organizing your ideas into a skeleton structure before starting your essay. This will help you identify links between your memories and your message. Once the ideas are organized, you will be able to concentrate on the creative elements of tone, style and language.
To recap how to write a personal narrative essay follow these points:
The simplest way to structure a narrative is to write about events chronologically. This is known as a linear structure and can be particularly effective in personal writing in which ideas and memories follow in sequence. Think about the details of your memory. Plot on a timeline what led up to a certain detail and what happened as a result. This gives you a three-part structure for your essay: the set-up, the development and the resolution.
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A personal narrative contains a beginning, middle and end; however it's not as structured as other types of essays. Use the Narrative Writing Planner in Webspiration Classroom™ (which you may have started as a part of your outlining) to help you organize your thoughts and start writing your rough draft.Personal narrative essays are essentially non-fiction stories, ones that are neatly arranged like a road map that take the reader from point A to point B to point C. In life, and in our own personal experience, things aren’t so straightforward as A-B-C. Characters, facts, places, conversations and reporting what happened, where you went, what you saw and what you did isn’t always so neatly pulled together. That is your job, as the writer, to pull together all the elements so they bring the reader to the universal truth, the lesson learned or insight gained in your experience. How do you do this? Through re-writing and re-writing.