Narrative Writing

Daniel Flower
Mini-discussion
Why do we tell stories?
What makes a story great?

http://3oneseven.com/29/singin-in-the-rain/
Stories are important
cognitive events, for they

encapsulate

information, knowledge,
context, and emotion.
--Don Norman,...
Stories Use Concrete

Language

JD Hancock
Concrete language grabs
attention by appealing to the
five senses.
Stronger imagery creates
deeper impressions on a
reader.
Need Details? Use the RENNS Model

Yau Hoong Tang
TheRENNS Model
Reasons
Examples
Names
Numbers
Senses

Why did something happen? Why did someone do
something?
How did it h...
1_milano

Random Characters
Sight

light and dark, shades and hues,
visible shape and appearance
timitalia
Thomas Hawk

The restaurant was shaped like a big bottle, though squatter than a
real bottle, and on its cap was a revolvi...
Smell
Often used metaphorically
Andrew Morrell Photography
...I remembered clearest of all...how the bedroom smelled of
the lumber it was made of and of the wet woods whose scent
en...
Taste

Gustatory, detecting flavor--related to smell
ani-bee
...the walking boots that taste
of Atlantic and Pacific salt...
--Robert Frost, “A Record Stride”

striatic
Sound
volume
word choice
tone

Vox Efx
...there came to my ears a low,
dull, quick sound, such as a
watch makes when enveloped
in cotton.... It was the beating
o...
Touch

Tactile experience and
emotion (tension, reactions)
Shemer
You grasp the bark by a rugged pleat,
And look up small from the forest's feet.
--Robert Frost, “On Going Unnoticed”

ben ...
Ira Glass: A Story’s Building Blocks

713 Avenue
The A
n

ecdo
t

e

like
ntly
here that
s] in .and
t it' n..
[tha atio
form estin
lass
h its s a d " --Ira G
roug t ha
g.....
The Moment of Reflection

cambiodefractal
Robert McKee’s

Commandments
of storytelling

yoppy
Thou shalt not take the climax
out of the protagonist’s hands

Βethan
Thou Shalt Not Make Life Easy For The Protagonist
Thou sh

practicalowl

alt not
u

se false

mystery

or surp
r

ise
Respect Thine
Audience

yozz!
Have a god like knowledge of your universe
Use Complexity Rather
Than Complication

Thuany Gabriela
Thou Shalt Take Your Characters To The End Of The Line
emma.c
Thou Shalt Not Write On The Nose Dialogue
B Rosen
Thou Shalt Dramatize Thine Exposition

My Melting Brain
Thou shalt

rewrite

pj_vanf
becca.peterson26
Stories have the amazing dual power to

simulate and to inspire.
--Chip & Dan Heath, Made to Stick
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Narrative Writing

  1. 1. Narrative Writing Daniel Flower
  2. 2. Mini-discussion Why do we tell stories? What makes a story great? http://3oneseven.com/29/singin-in-the-rain/
  3. 3. Stories are important cognitive events, for they encapsulate information, knowledge, context, and emotion. --Don Norman, Things That Make Us Smart danorbit.
  4. 4. Stories Use Concrete Language JD Hancock
  5. 5. Concrete language grabs attention by appealing to the five senses.
  6. 6. Stronger imagery creates deeper impressions on a reader.
  7. 7. Need Details? Use the RENNS Model Yau Hoong Tang
  8. 8. TheRENNS Model Reasons Examples Names Numbers Senses Why did something happen? Why did someone do something? How did it happen? How did someone do something? Who was involved? Where did it happen? When did it happen? How many were involved? hearing (auditory) sight (visual) smell (olfactory) touch (tactile) taste (gustatory)
  9. 9. 1_milano Random Characters
  10. 10. Sight light and dark, shades and hues, visible shape and appearance timitalia
  11. 11. Thomas Hawk The restaurant was shaped like a big bottle, though squatter than a real bottle, and on its cap was a revolving figure of a grinning boy holding a hamburger aloft. --Joyce Carol Oates, “Where are you Going, Where have you Been?”
  12. 12. Smell Often used metaphorically Andrew Morrell Photography
  13. 13. ...I remembered clearest of all...how the bedroom smelled of the lumber it was made of and of the wet woods whose scent entered through the screen. --E.B. White, “Once More to the Lake” James Jordan
  14. 14. Taste Gustatory, detecting flavor--related to smell ani-bee
  15. 15. ...the walking boots that taste of Atlantic and Pacific salt... --Robert Frost, “A Record Stride” striatic
  16. 16. Sound volume word choice tone Vox Efx
  17. 17. ...there came to my ears a low, dull, quick sound, such as a watch makes when enveloped in cotton.... It was the beating of the old man's heart. --Edgar Allan Poe, “The Tell Tale Heart” alvaro tapia hidalgo
  18. 18. Touch Tactile experience and emotion (tension, reactions) Shemer
  19. 19. You grasp the bark by a rugged pleat, And look up small from the forest's feet. --Robert Frost, “On Going Unnoticed” ben matthews
  20. 20. Ira Glass: A Story’s Building Blocks 713 Avenue
  21. 21. The A n ecdo t e like ntly here that s] in .and t it' n.. [tha atio form estin lass h its s a d " --Ira G roug t ha g... l th tha n fee in ethi can tra som .you on a to find .. ing going be re ou' y 96dpi
  22. 22. The Moment of Reflection cambiodefractal
  23. 23. Robert McKee’s Commandments of storytelling yoppy
  24. 24. Thou shalt not take the climax out of the protagonist’s hands Βethan
  25. 25. Thou Shalt Not Make Life Easy For The Protagonist
  26. 26. Thou sh practicalowl alt not u se false mystery or surp r ise
  27. 27. Respect Thine Audience yozz!
  28. 28. Have a god like knowledge of your universe
  29. 29. Use Complexity Rather Than Complication Thuany Gabriela
  30. 30. Thou Shalt Take Your Characters To The End Of The Line emma.c
  31. 31. Thou Shalt Not Write On The Nose Dialogue B Rosen
  32. 32. Thou Shalt Dramatize Thine Exposition My Melting Brain
  33. 33. Thou shalt rewrite pj_vanf
  34. 34. becca.peterson26
  35. 35. Stories have the amazing dual power to simulate and to inspire. --Chip & Dan Heath, Made to Stick
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