Presentation on theme: "ENGL 1301. Usually Lauren’s trips to the grocery store were uneventful, but today, as she got out of her car, she noticed a crowd of on lookers surrounding."— Presentation transcript:
Usually Lauren’s trips to the grocery store were uneventful, but today, as she got out of her car, she noticed a crowd of on lookers surrounding the entrance to Tom Thumb. She could hear screeching and shouting. She decided to move closer....
Background Action Conflict Point of View Chronological Order Character Development Lessons/Insights about Personal Experience Main Idea Mood and Tone Dialogue
Show What Happens rather than Simply Telling Recreate Events Make sure action relates to main point
Ashley wanted to get home fast. After she slammed the door to her office and quickly checked that the coffee pot was off in the break room, Ashley darted down the back stairs to avoid seeing Steve, who always complained about the boss and tried to get her embroiled in one of his revenge schemes. Once outside, Ashley scanned the area to make sure Steve wasn’t in sight, sprinted to her Jeep Explorer, jumped inside, revved the engine, and speeded the five miles back to her quiet, secluded apartment.
Motivates and Structures Action Should Be Resolved Turning Point or Climax Conclusion—creates sense of completion
First Person—“I” Second Person— “You” Third Person—“He, She, It.”
Chronological Order—events are told in the sequence in which they occurred Focus on Key Events Sketch or Ignore Secondary Events Provide Transitional Statements Related to Time or Sequence
Use Concrete Nouns and Active Verbs The more specific the better Express Emotions of Participants through Details Point Out Motives
What point does this experience illustrate? Better If Narrative has an Unusual Take on a Common Idea
Use Concrete Details Use Imagery—patterns of images (can appeal to all senses) Imagery creates tone Imagery should create a visceral response
Good Dialogue Resembles Conversation without Copying It Intersperse Dialogue with Description Punctuate correctly Each shift from one speaker to another—new paragraph When expression like he said interrupts a single quoted sentence, set it off with commas When expression comes between two complete quoted sentences, put a period after expression and capitalize the first word of second sentence
“I have to write a dialogue,” Jules said as she finished her tuna salad. “Why?” Erdal asked. “Are you writing a story?” “Nothing so exciting. Just to show the students how to punctuate correctly.” Erdal took the last bite of his shrimp po’boy. “Why not this one?” “That,” she answered looking down at her plate, “would be boring.” “It isn’t now.” They both laughed.