Once you’ve decided on a life experience or event, begin your narrative by focusing on the basics. You may include details about one or more of the “W”s: Who, What, When or Where.
Add detail to your story by including sensory details. You may use quotations, a description of the setting, or a description of someone else important in your story. You may choose to describe how you felt emotionally or physically during this experience or event.
As you continue telling your story, be sure to describe the actions that you took. This is not only a descriptive essay, you are telling the story of how you reacted over time to this event or experience. You may continue to include details and sensory descriptions.
This is where you describe the point in your story where you changed as a result of the events. Perhaps you made a bold decision, became inspired, or learned a life lesson. This is an important part of your narrative because it will reveal the “meaning” of your story. Hint: this may involve receiving an award, achieving a goal, or taking on a new role.
The experience or event you describe has changed your life in a specific way. How has the story you’ve told impacted your life and who you are today? Your conclusion will reveal how this story has influenced you. Hint: the experience may have changed you by teaching you about a value such as leadership or friendship