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Narrative Writing

Concept: Describe an Experience

What is a Experience?

Experience is an incident or a moment something that forms a part of your life. It could be a good, bad or an unforgettable experience. They comprise of a problem, or conflict or happiness or a small yet valuable moment. They are filled with emotions and feelings that change throughout the experience.

How to Describe an Experience?

If you want to share your experience with your friends or classmates or family, how would you write it. An experience essay is usually familiar to you already. It is just how you convey it to the readers that matter.

Let us have a look at few pointers below:

  1. Start by making a note with ‘Wh’ questions. The answers to those ‘Wh’ questions will provide you with an introduction, body and conclusion. It can include Who? Where? What? When? Why? Which? How?
    • Use the information above to write sentences about your experience.
    • What it is?
    • When and where it occurred?
    • What happened?
    • What was exciting about it?
  2. Enhance the sentences:

    Add information that will thoroughly engage the reader. You can mention anything unusual, amusing about your experience.

    Example:

    The place was excellent.
    Instead, you can enhance the sentence: The view from the hotel was spectacular.

  3. Try to convey your feelings about the place at certain times or at various places: fascinated, disappointed, enchanted, overwhelmed etc.

    Example:

    We were fascinated by the historical places there
    Describe using sensory details to interest the readers.
    Use adjectives, similes or metaphor to keep the readers engaged and make your writing interesting.

  4. Arrange the sentences into paragraphs- Once you have lot of details to write, arrange them into proper paragraphs. Describe what happened. Just put your sentences into a proper order. Use paragraphs to put your facts separately and help the reader to understand what exactly you want to convey.
  5. Your description about the experience must have a beginning which is an introduction, a middle or body, and an end that is the conclusion.
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  • Your description should have a beginning (introduction), a middle (main body), and an end (conclusion). Use linking words to connect your ideas.
  • First Paragraph – Introduction: The answers to questions like Who, when, where will provide all, you need an introduction.
  • Next Paragraphs – Body: The answers to questions what and why will form the body part. This is the longest part of your writing as it contains the main details of your experience. There is no limit on the length of it. However, do start a new paragraph when the topic changes. Say for example you are writing about a holiday trip. You can mention each place in each paragraph. You can also list the place with small descriptions and put them in one paragraph.
  • You can divide your paragraphs depending on the activities you did there. For instance, trekking, sightseeing, eating out etc.
  • Final Paragraph – Conclusion: This should conclude everything in a few lines. It could be a repetition of the ideas in the introduction. If it is about a holiday trip then you can mention that you had a wonderful /memorable/bad holiday that you would tell/not tell others to visit.
  • Give a suitable title to your description of an experience.
  • Use linkers, for example, immediately, at once, meanwhile, in the meantime, in the end, at the same time, as, after that, before that to connect your ideas.
  • Go back the memory lane so that you remember what happened exactly, when and how it affected your heart and mind. As you describe your experience, you should feel nostalgic.

Example of How to Write an Experience

My First Walk to Home from Schoo

“Goodbye, darwaanji!” Preeti and I said as we walked out of the school gate. Ayesha was my neighbour and a junior to me in school. We realized that our school bus has left. We held hands and started thinking what to do.
Few steps away I could see another school girl walking with her mother. I told Preeti to let us follow them as they live near our home.
Both of us walked on the left side of the road that had a footpath. We didn’t leave our hands. “Don’t worry, Preeti. We will reach home in sometime.” I said. She smiled, but I could understand she was a little nervous as we were walking by ourselves.

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Preeti and I walked down the pathway following the lady and her daughter. Preeti stumped on a stone and fell down. Thankfully nothing happened. In the meanwhile, we lost track of her. We saw a crossing, stood with elders and managed to cross the road. I asked the policemen the way to a junction near my home. He showed me the way. “The walk is exciting Priya?” Preeti said. I smiled and said yes. I held Preeti’s hand very tight and said “I’ll show you the way”. I was proud to be walking my friend.

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We passed big trees and a park. Just then, I heard a bark of a dog and saw it walking down the street. It was a black fierce looking street dog with long, sharp teeth. “Woof!!!” it barked. It again barked. I didn’t want my friend to get scared. She grabbed my hand tighter. I shooed it away with a stone.
We took off down the road quickly. After a while, I spotted that lady with her daughter. We could see our yellow school bus from a far distance. I realized that finally I am nearing my home.
“Come on,” I said, dragging Preeti along. We reached the steps of her building and saw her mom was waiting for her. “We did it!” I told her. I gave her a high-five and we both smiled. Inside, I felt proud as we were safe and it was a new experience.

Common Mistakes

  1. Don’t introduce new ideas in the conclusion.
  2. Pay attention to the minute details. When describing an experience, do not forget the small details that usually go unstated. Remember, it is these small details that give a personal touch and form your entire experience. These tiny details would be making it even more interesting to the reader.
  3. Use first person point of view like I , me, my , mine.
  4. Since you are describing about a past experience, ensure that you write it in past tense.
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