About Narrative Intervention

About Narrative Intervention

So, you’ve been requested to do some creative writing, specifically, a story intervention on a text studied in class. Cue: Student panic.
Now, breathe.

Firstly, I wish to reassure students with this: Categorically, this is the duty that students surprise themselves with the most. Especially, await it, boys. Every year my students inspire me with their creativity and insight with their therapy of a novel and its characterisation. Every year my boys moan about this process, roll their eyes and dread the weeks ahead. And every year, with out fail, my boys outperform their expectations and even enjoy the task.

What’s the trick?

Remark and mimicry.

Just because the lyrebird has learnt to listen and mimic the sounds it hears in the surrounding bush, so too should you watch, practise and apply the strategies utilized by the writer to recreate their type and to create your own perspective of a storytelling method to persuade seduce convince and change behaviour in social networks gap or silence within the text.

Similarly, just as an essay has various parts that work collectively as an entire, there are layers to the narrative intervention. There are four principle layers that work towards the development of a profitable narrative:

Know your character: values, attitudes, concepts, quotes, idiosyncrasies
Know your context: cultural assumptions, time, place and setting
Know your hole: What has happened, what will occur and how can you elude to future occasions (foreshadow)
Know your aesthetics: What strategies are utilized by the author? How do they write? Is there a motif? How are you going to manipulate it?
You cannot have three layers in your narrative and disrespect the other. To achieve the absolute best outcomes, you must successfully build each layer in order that ultimately, your writing is sort of indistinguishable from that of the creator’s. It should be authentic and believable.

Keep away from:

Implausible leaps in plot
Retelling what has occurred
Over description of any form
Inconsistency of character
Insufficient size (short or too lengthy)