5-6 pages (1500-1800 words)
Tell me a story.
Your next essay will be a narrative/descriptive essay - in other words, a story that contains some descriptive elements.
Purpose: To practice the principles of narrative technique, practice MLA format, practice the steps in the writing process.
2. Choose a topic. Almost any topic will do for a narrative essay, as long as it's compelling. If you are stuck for ideas, here are a few to get your thoughts flowing:
3. Brainstorm ideas. Be as specific and detailed as possible. Include descriptive elements liberally. Think about which narrative choices you'll make. Who is your main character? Will the story be in first, second or third person? Who might be the audience for this story? What kind of tone will you use?
4. Settle on a purpose. What is the main thing you want your reader to understand about you, or your main character? What is the larger message you want to impart about human nature?
5. Organize your ideas. Think about the chronology of events, and decide which events should take place in scene, and which in summary. How will you transition between events and ideas? What details will you include to help make the thesis clear. Will you be using foreshadowing or flashbacks, or following a straight narrative arc? Make sure that all your ideas, dialogue and descriptions work to emphasize your main point.
6. Write a draft. Make sure you include a title! (And don't just call it "Narrative Essay", please. Surely you can do better than that for a title.)
7. Revise your draft. You might want to review the reading materials again to make sure you've covered everything.
8. Save your revision and submit to the Assignments Chamber.
9. Relax with your favorite beverage. Congratulations!