Where on that timeline might you begin your essay? In climax with flashbacks to fill in background information where needed? This is one possible technique. Or you can begin in the “beginning of what seemed like any other day.”
Whatever you choose, your introduction must insist on your reader’s attention.
Write a possible introduction (opening paragraph) of your narrative essay.
What theme or themes do you hope might emerge for your readers?
Audience & Purpose
Who is your audience? Describe them.
What do you hope your readers will do? Be entertained? Come to a deeper understanding of something? Become informed of a serious issue? Be persuaded? Something else?
How might you end your essay? What will linger in the minds of your readers? An important quote? A rhetorical question?
Don’t lock into a conclusion yet … just list some ideas. Your ideas might change as you begin to write and you need to stay open to that. One reason for writing our stories is to come to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the meaning behind our events. That may not happen if you try to control the ending before you even begin to write.
Write a draft
You should now revisit the introduction you wrote and begin to write a draft of your essay, interjecting these other writings as seems fit. Good luck! Remember to sound like yourself and just tell your story.
*** This part need not be done in your journal. The previous eight sections are each worth one journal entry.
Check your syllabus for the date your draft is due!