Session 3: Writing From Moments That Really Matter
Try to remember what we learned about using a map showing a special place to inspire us as writers.
Popcorn Share: Share a snapshot of your map with your group and what you decided to write about.
Our real goal is to write compelling stories, to write a lot, to make each story better than the day before, and work towards our goals.
One strategy you can use to write powerful stories would be to focus on moments that really mattered– a first time or last time— a moment when you realized or learned something important about yourself, other people, and life.
Add these idea for generating narrative writing ideas to your mini-lesson notes:
- Think of first times or last times you did something and focus on a small moment
- Think of moments that really mattered because you realized or learned something and focus on that particular moment
Today we will use another strategy called the Quick List.
- Mrs. Macfadden was frantic and overwhelmed trying to fix a mistake, and mom’s reaction was a complete surprised. What did I come to realize?
- Continue creating your Quick List
- Write a personal narrative about something from that list
- Make it powerful– one “episode” with detail (not a summary over a stretch of time)
- Have readers picture the episode with a small action and exact dialogue
- Remember to give the tiniest details! Trust your gut! Your homework is to finish the entry you began in class about a first time or last time— a moment when you realized or learned something important about yourself, other people, and life.
- Think about your writing style… what makes your writing YOU?