Narrative short story Directions: Your Biggest Fear! Due Thursday, September 23rd Prompt: Write a personal narrative story describing an experience you have had facing your biggest fear or phobia. Make sure you select an experience that has a strong climax (this will make the writing process easier for you). Writing Process Requirements (points to be determined): Complete all pre-writing, drafting, revising, and editing activities. Each individual activity will be assigned points based on the task. Be sure to keep all drafts and other activities leading up to the final draft. These writings will help you to complete your final draft and you will staple these to the back of your final draft. Final Draft Requirements points): (50 Length – minimum of five paragraphs Address the prompt – story must be about a time you had to face your biggest fear or phobia Must contain all five stages of plot organized in the correct order (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution) Strong sensory details (show, don’t tell!) An interesting or attention grabbing title Dialogue between characters Written in first person point of view A clear setting must be established Format Requirements: Typed – Must be double-spaced, 12 inch font, 1 inch margins, and either Times New Roman or Arial font. Handwritten – If you must handwrite, you must SKIP EVERY OTHER LINE and write only on one side of each piece of paper. Phobia Narrative Steps to Success Phobia Narrative - Write the Climax first! Step 1: Pick a phobia Step 2: Brainstorm What If? Situations. Write as many as possible for your phobia. (use the worksheet) Examples: What if you were locked in a room with clowns and you are deathly afraid of them? What if a flight to London is required for your dream job and your fear is flying? What if you refuse to ride Top Thrill Dragster, but your friend drags you on and the ride malfunctions? Step 3: Given your character’s phobia, what’s the worst possible situation he/she could be in? (Basically, you are just deciding which what if situation you want to write about.) Step 4: Decide where this scene would take place, put your character there, and start writing your story at the point where he/she faces their fear head on. (We will go back to write the exposition, rising action, falling action & resolution after we write the climax. Each day we are in the lab we will do a mini-lesson on one of these stages.) Questions to answer as your write the rest of your story Setting Are there certain times of the day/year when your character’s phobia is at its worst? Are there any particular places that freak him/her out? What does it look like, smell like? What Physical responses does the character’s body have to this place/person? Are there any particular places he/she goes for comfort or security? Plot Was there a traumatic experience that may have caused your character to develop his/her phobia? Does his/her phobia affect his/her everyday life? Do other people tease or make fun or him/her? Does he/she have bad dreams/recurring nightmares? What events lead him/her to his/her final confrontation with the phobia? Doe he/she come out okay or not? What physical and mental things happen to your character when they are afraid? What do they look like, feel like, etc.?