Write a non-fiction rough draft story about an event in your life

Write a non-fiction rough draft story about an event in your life (tennis tournament, basketball tournament, etc.).

Here are some ideas for personal story:

  1. An important announcement your friend, sibling, or parent made that changed your life
  2. The moment you learned a critical lesson about yourself, people, emotions, school, and so on
  3. Something you did that required courage; at first you were full of doubts, but you overcame them
  4. A game or sporting event that was a close win or loss for you or your team
  5. An argument or other confrontation that you had with another person, and its results

Write about your …see above to choose……… using a simple plot. Your true story should try to achieve some kind of purpose, such as moving the reader emotionally. Your assignment should also have a narrow enough focus that you can tell the entire story in under 1,000 words but more than 600 words.

Your story should include the following elements:

  • An exposition, rising action, a climax, and a conclusion
  • Careful pacing that guides the reader from one event to the next
  • Transitions to signal shifts in time, mood, and topic

Ask yourself these questions as you revise:

  • Does my exposition give the reader enough information to understand what’s going on? Do I make it clear who all the people in the story are? Do I describe the setting vividly? Do I provide enough background?
  • Does my rising action increase the tension? Am I sure that all the tension builds toward a climax?
  • Does the climax solve the central problem in the story in a satisfying way?
  • Do the falling action and conclusion show what happens after the climax? Do they avoid bringing in any new conflicts?
  • Does my pacing fit the action of the scene? Do my transitions signal changes in pacing?