Writing Techniques


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SOME USEFUL WRITING TECHNIQUES—HANDOUT 1. Narration is storytelling, the presentation of a series of real or fictional events in a chronological sequence. That sequence, however, may not always be straightforward. Like many movies, a written narrative may involve flashbacks, beginning in the middle or even at the end of the story and then going back to examine the events that have led up to that point. Much narrative writing explains how something happened. 2. Effective description uses words to transfer a mental image from the writer’s mind to the reader’s. The keys to effective description are concrete words, figurative language, simile or analogy, and an orderly sequence. 3. Dialogue - conversation between two or more people - is distinguished from regular text through the use of quotation marks. Harry said, “Man, that burger was the shiznit!” 4. Internal Monologue – dialogue in one’s head that is not spoken. In writing, this is usually in italics. Thought:
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course WRITING 39A taught by Professor Keeler during the Winter '08 term at UC Irvine.

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