For both my “How I write” essay and re-purposeing essay I have decided to tackle one of my weaknesses in writing: Narratives (DUHN DUHN DUHN). Narratives are interesting to read but very difficult to accurately describe, at least in my opinion. A reacurring theme in my peer reviews (of my attempted narratives) was: show don’t tell your reader. I struggle to take a picture in my mind and put it into words so that my reader can create a similar picture in their mind.
Just like Shelley said today, “don’t try to sound smart, try to communicate. Because if you try to sound smart, you’re going to end up sounding silly.” This is what I experience with my attempts to write a narrative (except I am trying to sound interesting instead of simply describing what I have in mind). I need to try less and just write what I am trying to portray. Then I can go back and edit my descriptions to make sure they do sound interesting.
I think part of the reason I struggle with narratives is because it is a type of writing that is barely focused on through high school and college. But if any of you find that you are particularly good at writing narratives or have any advice on how I can accurately describe pictures through words, please help me out! How do you portray a picture to your readers??