Writing your Rough Draft

Use the Writing section from Write Source as you work on your rough draft. If you follow these tips and suggestions, you’ll have a great draft on Monday October 11!

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Prewriting – follow the steps

Be sure you have done all the steps in Prewriting for your Personal Narrativebanner_prewriting

1. Selecting a Topic – using sentence starters. Which is the most interesting.

2. Focusing on Your Topic – what lesson did you learn.

3. Remembering the Details – 5W+H

  • Who was in the experience?
  • What happened?
  • When did it happen?
  • Where did it happen?
  • Why is this experience important?
  • How did I change? (This one’s important!)
  • Freewrite-Write nonstop about your topic for five minutes to see what you remember. You’re not drafting; you’re just telling what happened.

4. Putting Events in Order – list 6-10 events and put them in chronological, or time, order. Include the lesson you learned.

5. Gathering Sensory Details – make a table with details using the 5 senses. (I saw…  I heard… I smelled… I fetl… I tasted…)

6. Adding Dialogue – use conversation in your writing. Use dialogue in your writing to…

  • Show a speaker’s personality and bring characters to life
  • Keep the action moving and hold your reader’s attention
  • Add information to make it more interesting

Transition Words

Transitions can a be looked at as the glue that holds your ideas together. They are very important.

Transitions are words and phrases that serve as bridges from on idea to the next, one sentence to the next, or one paragraph to the next. They keep the reader from having to find his or her own way and getting lost in the reading. Without transitions, your writing does not flow smoothly.

Therefore, you don’t necessarily need a transition between every idea or every sentence, but it is a good idea to use a transition between each paragraph. Transitions usually come near the beginning of a paragraph. However, you should use a transition wherever it works best.

Here are two types of transitions. These can help you with your Boy – 6 Traits Packet for Organization.

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