A basic guide to writing narratives, for young writers. Marg Murnane Hawkesdale P12 College
<ul><li>Remember the KISS principle . Keep it Simple Simon </li></ul><ul><li>Plan first  – use the OPCRC template to help ...
<ul><li>Keep your ending simple  – resolve the problem without having your characters die or wake up. The ending doesn’t h...
<ul><li>Write your narratives from things you have experienced.  I could not write a story about surfing or motor bike rid...
<ul><li>A favourite holiday  – you would be able to write about the plane/train/bus/car/ferry trip. </li></ul><ul><li>A ho...
<ul><li>Sadness   </li></ul><ul><li>Disappointment </li></ul><ul><li>Happiness </li></ul><ul><li>Excitement </li></ul><ul>...
<ul><li>KISS principle </li></ul><ul><li>Refer back to your plan – but of course you can change things as you go </li></ul...
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Tips For Young Writers

  1. 1. A basic guide to writing narratives, for young writers. Marg Murnane Hawkesdale P12 College
  2. 2. <ul><li>Remember the KISS principle . Keep it Simple Simon </li></ul><ul><li>Plan first – use the OPCRC template to help you plan – </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Problem </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Complication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Resolution </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conclusion </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Keep your ending simple – resolve the problem without having your characters die or wake up. The ending doesn’t have to be spectacular. </li></ul><ul><li>Refer to your plan . Write one or two paragraphs for each of the 5 headings you use to plan – OPCRC </li></ul><ul><li>Edit you work for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Punctuation and spelling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adjectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Paragraphs </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Write your narratives from things you have experienced. I could not write a story about surfing or motor bike riding as I have never done those things. </li></ul><ul><li>I have been to a big city so I could write about getting lost in a city (I know what that feels like), the crowds, the traffic, the sights and sounds of the city etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Never think that your experiences are boring or mundane. They can make for a great story. </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>A favourite holiday – you would be able to write about the plane/train/bus/car/ferry trip. </li></ul><ul><li>A hospital stay – you are able to write a story which involves visiting someone, or someone being in hospital. </li></ul><ul><li>Ever been in an ambulance ? What was that like? </li></ul><ul><li>Farm life – milking cows, shearing, harvesting? </li></ul><ul><li>Bush walking – what gear do you need? Shelter? </li></ul><ul><li>Camping – campfire stories, spooky at night? </li></ul><ul><li>Fishing – casting, fishing, gutting, eating a fish </li></ul><ul><li>Shopping – funny experiences, new people etc. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Sadness </li></ul><ul><li>Disappointment </li></ul><ul><li>Happiness </li></ul><ul><li>Excitement </li></ul><ul><li>Fear </li></ul><ul><li>Nervousness </li></ul><ul><li>Anger </li></ul><ul><li>Think of times when you felt some sort of emotion and use it to write a great story. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>KISS principle </li></ul><ul><li>Refer back to your plan – but of course you can change things as you go </li></ul><ul><li>Write from what you know </li></ul><ul><li>Skip chunks of time </li></ul><ul><li>Edit for spelling, punctuation and grammar </li></ul><ul><li>Add adjectives where appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Add similes where appropriate </li></ul><ul><li>Use paragraphs </li></ul><ul><li>HAVE FUN </li></ul>
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