Amazing Kids! Magazine

Capturing Your Adventures!

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor

 

With summer drawing to a close, you must have tons of memories floating around your head. Summer is the perfect time for adventures, and adventures make perfect stories. Writing personal narratives is easy, as you already have the story completed. Furthermore, writing memories is a ton of fun and incredibly rewarding. This genre is a great opportunity to write with a strong voice and record your experiences so that they can never be forgotten. Here are some tips to keep your summer experiences set in stone!

Voice

You are the main character of your personal narrative. That being said, the narration should reflect your personality. Just as a reader aims to get to know an invented character in a fictional book, when reading your anecdote, he or she will want to get to know you. Think about how you would tell this story to a parent or friend, and replicate that. Personal narratives are truthful accounts of specific incidents, so you must try and be as accurate as possible in your writing.

Details

Just like in every genre of writing, details are important. They provide superior descriptions so that your reader can really picture the story you are conveying. Details in a personal narrative might be a little bit harder to formulate than details in fiction, as you are limited by the truth. Before you start writing, replay your anecdote in your head, and try to answer the following questions: Where was I? Who was with me? How was I feeling?

Incorporating a sufficient number of details in your narrative will help your writing come to life. In your memory, the story feels very real to you. It is your goal as a writer to make that story feel just as real to your readers when it is printed on paper.

Keep a Journal

If you find that you really enjoy recording your memories, you might find it useful to begin keeping a journal. Carry it with you, and keep a pen or pencil ready to jot down notes of your thoughts or experiences. There is nothing fresher and more authentic than a story recorded as soon as it happened. Keeping a journal will ensure accuracy and raw truthfulness in your accounts. A journal is also a letter to your future self, so when you’re older, you’ll be glad that you’re able to reread these memories.

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