Writing Well

Tell Me a Story: Narration

Narration is writing that tells a story. Like coffee, narration comes in different flavors. Narration that tells about real events includes autobiographies, biographies, and personal narratives, such as the excerpt you just read from Douglass's autobiography. Narration that deals with fictional events includes short stories, myths, narrative poems, and novels. In this section, you'll learn the basics for writing stories and personal narratives.

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Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Well © 2000 by Laurie Rozakis, Ph.D.. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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