Anecdote Chart

Anecdote Chart - Writing Hand-Out Lou Nelson, Instructor...

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All Rights Reserved. Permission to Use or Copy, Contact: lounelson@cox.net 9/06 Writing Hand-Out Lou Nelson, Instructor Anecdote Development Chart 1. The inspiration for this anecdote ___________________________________________ 2. Emotion ________________________________________________________________ 3. What is the key image? ___________________________________________________ 4. Who else is in the anecdote? (describe with specific details) ____________________ ___________________________________________________________________________ 5. Mood or impression ______________________________________________________ 6. Setting /location _________________________________________________________ 7. List props, furniture, key objects: ______________________________________________ 8. Time of day ____________________________________________________________ 9. Weather ____________________ 10. Era /period clues _________________________ 11. POV (1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd ) ________________________________________________________ 12. List sensory details you sense in the anecdote; include “how things work” shown in steps* (see page 3 for additional information on step 11): Sight Hearing Smell Taste Touch Movement Spirit/ESP * 13. Purpose/goal for this narrative in the essay __________ __________________________________________________________________________ 14. Theme _________________________________________________________________ 15. Ironic or satiric aspects___________________________________________________ 16. Other thoughts _________________________________________________________ How to use the chart and checklist: Details are essential to making an anecdote come alive and pull readers into your writing. This chart and the checklist below are designed to help you create an image, memory, anecdote, or narrative to use in or as the foundation for an essay, and to fill that vignette with enough details to entice readers to read on. First you will try to capture the essence of the narrative you have in mind by reflecting on it and jotting down snippets of emotion and detail so the image or memory is not lost. Then you will write a draft of the narrative. And finally, you will determine how best to use the narrative in your essay.
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course A 100 taught by Professor Louellanelson during the Spring '11 term at Orange Coast College.

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