4.1.11 Study: Explore Essay Writing: Narrative Writing t (S
4.1.11 Study: Explore Essay Writing: Narrative Writing t (S2313247) Date: ____________ This study sheet will help you write a rough draft of the writing assignment that you will revise later on. Answer the following questions as you work through your study to build a strong and successful story. Your Assignment: In this activity, youll start brainstorming ideas for a three-part short story assignment. Then youll work on the prewriting process that fiction writers usually tackle to clarify their thoughts and direction before they start writing complete drafts of their stories. Get ready to be creative! You will . . . Come up with a specific, interesting situation. Choose a narrator and key characters. Decide on a point of view. 1. What a Talented World! is coming to town, and youre going to audition for it. What talent will you show off? This can be a real talent youd be thrilled to show off, or it can be entirely imaginary thats the beauty of writing fiction. Write a paragraph describing your talent in detail, as if youre walking on the stage and actually performing. 2. Is your fictional self excited, hesitant, or dreading the whole experience? 3. Choose a person whose life and whose viewpoint youre interested in exploring. Well call this individual Person X in the lesson from now on, but you wont do that in the story you write. Write down the persons real name here and then briefly describe him or her in two or three sentences. 4. The person youve chosen above will also be auditioning for What a Talented World! Write a paragraph describing what talent this person will be showing off and how he or she feels about doing so. 5. For you to successfully impersonate Person X in the talent show, name at least three things youd have to do differently (like play the flute, mimic Person Xs posture or gestures, talk in a different way, smile more or less, and so on). Be as specific as possible. 6. Will you be able to pull it off? Imagine youre onstage and everyone is expecting the greatest display of [insert Person Xs talent here] ever. Write a short scene or a longer paragraph of description that takes us there when youre trying to deliver what Person Xs talent is. 7. For Person X to successfully impersonate you in the talent show, name at least three things he or she will have to do differently (like play the flute, mimic your posture or gestures, talk in a different way, smile more or less, and the like). Be as specific as possible. 8. Is there any chance that Person X will be able to pull it off? Because everyone thinks thats you up there! In a short scene or a longer paragraph of description, take us there to watch as Person X tries to pull it off. Theres a catch, though: Use the first-person point of view again, which means stepping into Person Xs mind and narrating all this from that persons perspective, using the pronouns I, me, and my. 9. What would an innocent bystander think of all this? Imagine youre sitting in the audience and you dont know that a body swap has just occurred this morning. Write a short scene or a longer paragraph of description that allows us to watch either Scene 1 (youre stuck in Person Xs body) or Scene 2 (Person X stuck in your body) from the point of view of a random person sitting in the audience. 10. Choose one of the three passages youve written so far and work it into a half-page scene. Are there specific sentences or lines that really capture the voice of whoever is narrating it (you, Person X, or the audience viewer)? Did any great ideas surface that you can spend more time describing in greater detail? Add them, expand anywhere things are going well, and cut out any parts that seem clunky or boring. 11. Youll complete this same process with the other two passages so that you end up with three different scenes, each a half-page long, to submit as your prewriting product.