Narrative Writing

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Dialogue usage
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Dialogue flipchart

Remember to follow the writing process


Editing Questions

After you have completed one or more drafts of your narrative essay, use the following checklist as a revision and editing guide to prepare the final version of your composition.
  1. In your introduction, have you clearly identified the experience you are about to relate?

  1. In the opening sentences of your essay, have you provided the kinds of details that will evoke your readers' interest in the topic?

  1. Have you clearly explained who was involved and when and where the incident occurred?

  1. Have you organized the sequence of events in chronological order?

  1. Have you focused your essay by eliminating unnecessary or repetitious information?

  1. Have you used precise descriptive details to make your narrative interesting and convincing?

  1. Have you used dialogue to report important conversations?

  1. Have you used clear transitions (in particular, time signals) to tie your points together and guide your readers from one point to the next?

  1. In your conclusion, have you clearly explained the particular significance of the experience you have related in the essay?

  1. Are the sentences throughout your essay clear and direct as well as varied in length and structure? Could any sentences be improved by combining or restructuring them?

  1. Are the words in your essay consistently clear and precise? Does the essay maintain a consistent tone?

  1. Have you read the essay aloud, proofreading carefully?

Grammar Editing Checklist
"It's" and "its" have been used correctly ("it's" is a contraction for "it is"; "its" is possessive).
All other homonyms -- which spell check would not catch -- have been checked. (For example, you wouldn't want to write: "She peaked through the blinds and saw the peek of Mt. Ampersand.")
Any run-ons or fragments are intentional (and even those are rare).
Subjects and verbs agree in number, and verb tenses are consistent throughout.
Commas have been used correctly.
"That" and "which" have been used correctly.
There are no unclear or confusing pronoun references.
Sentence structure varies in descriptive or expository passages. (Keep your reader interested.)
The sentences are concise.
Consideration has been given to word choice. (This means you have consulted a thesaurus.)
__ Basic facts have been checked (especially ones that would be embarrassing to get wrong).

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