Blog 8: Being a Great Narrator

Being a Great Narrator: Blog 8

 

This week’s readings “Writing About People” and “Here’s What Happened” were absolutely fantastic. I was completely engaged and able to relate to the material as I haven’t been able to do in a fairly long time. There was no favorite for me this week. Both articles were equally great. There were so many great points that I took away. I also started to reflect on my own writing process as a future author. Sometimes I have known that I’m missing the elements of what makes a great narrative in stories I write and this is why I stop writing. If you don’t think readers will keep reading, why should you keep writing?

I wish I had someone to interview right now. I’m so excited about having more information about how to do a great interview. I did take an Intro to Journalism class sophomore year but things were still pretty new to me at that point. I interviewed a coworker of mine who met many celebrities, etc. for a national magazine. Unfortunately, he didn’t like the final product. When I read “Writing about People”, I recalled certain areas where I went wrong. Such as leaving quotes as said rather than editing them to sound better and not calling back to make sure that I had completely gotten what he had said. It would be cool if I could redo that interview but nevertheless I learned from that experience. One of my take-aways from this reading is that people are what makes stories turn from ordinary to extraordinary. Imagine if all the greatest stories we have read had no people in them. That would be completely insane. I wouldn’t even want to think about that for too long. One thing the article mentioned that I really had beef with was the fact that recorders “aren’t writing” shouldn’t really be “a machine” working for the writer. The author has a point but I think it’s good to have recorders along with your pencil and paper. Sometimes we cut off people when they were just about to say something completely beautiful.

Order and detail are keys to a great story in my opinion. There’s nothing like a story that is all over the place. It jumps from the beginning to some future time back into the past. When stories don’t have great timelines it kind of kills readers interest immediately. I think people have to know have to tell stories orally to others in order to know how they write them properly. Main key points from “Writing a Narrative:”

a narrative has:

*A clearly identified event

*A clearly described setting

*Vivid, descriptive details

*A consistent point of view

*A clear point

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Author: writeannabella

Anna Bella is a former Nathan Weiss graduate school student who has her M.A. of Writing Studies. She has her B.A. in English with a minor in Management. Anna plans to become a successful author and wants to help promote writing among the youth in her local community. She loves to swim, dance, bake and cook. "I write to know and understand myself.”

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