Marko’s Writing Tools. Organization. Create a prewriting list of events in chronological order (the order in which events happened). Include a clear beginning in which you identify the characters, setting, and main idea of the story. Provide details of the story in the middle.
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Create a prewriting list of events in chronological order (the order in which events happened).
Include a clear beginning in which you identify the characters, setting, and main idea of the story.
Provide details of the story in the middle.
Offer a conclusion to the narrative in the end.
Get your reader’s attention through
A word picture describing the setting
An interesting question or fact
Make sure your sentences flow together
(making “tasty” sentences).
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Paint a picture by
Using the five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell (imagery)
Using a thesaurus to add vivid verbs and adjectives (Make sure you know what the words mean.)
Cutting out slang, foul language, abbreviations, and “R.I.P.” words (cuz, good, bad, w/ …)
A non-human thing is given
Use dialogue to make your characters come alive.
Make sure that you start a new line for each new character speaking.
Use words other than said to help your reader hear the true voice of your character.
Simile & Metaphor
Simile – a comparison (of two unlike things)
using like or as
Metaphor – comparison(of two unlike things) without using like or as
Use of a word indicating a sound
Repetition of a beginning sound
Include an ending that leaves your reader
Reflect on what has happened to you.
Suggest something for the reader to think about or do.
End with a creative description.
Repeat your main point.
Give a “so what”. Why is this story/essay important?
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