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Effective Narration. Taken from Seeing the Pattern Kathleen T. McWhorter. Narratives Make a Point. Event or series of events portrayed Writer’s thinking changes About self About world Epiphany shown Point (your thesis) directly stated implied. Narratives Present a Conflict.

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effective narration

Effective Narration

Taken from Seeing the Pattern

Kathleen T. McWhorter

Thanks to B-T and Pomerantz

narratives make a point
Narratives Make a Point
  • Event or series of events portrayed
  • Writer’s thinking changes
    • About self
    • About world
  • Epiphany shown
  • Point (your thesis)
    • directly stated
    • implied
narratives present a conflict
Narratives Present a Conflict
  • Reveals a struggle, question, or problem
  • Works toward its resolution
  • Can be internal or external
narratives create tension
Narratives Create Tension
  • Tension suspense created as the story unfolds
    • how will the conflict be resolved?
  • Climax the point just before (or as) the conflict is resolved
narratives sequence events
Narratives Sequence Events
  • Chronologicalorder
  • Flashbackreturns to events that took place in the past
  • Flashforwardjumps ahead in time
  • Foreshadowinghints at events that will happen in the future
narratives incorporate dialogue
Narratives Incorporate Dialogue
  • Reveals character
  • Builds tension
  • Emphasizes conflict
dialogue should be natural
Dialogue Should be Natural

Stiff and Unrealistic

  • Eva said to her grandmother, “The stories you tell of your childhood in Mexico are very interesting. I wish I could go there with you.”
  • Eva told her grandmother, “I love the stories about Mexico when you were a kid. I wish I could go there with you.”

More Natural

narratives are told from a point of view
Narratives Are Told from a Point of View
  • 1st I, my, me
    • Personal
    • Direct to Audience
    • Feelings and Commentary
  • 3rd  he, she, his, her, him her
    • Distance
    • Objective
    • Insights not available to protagonist
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