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Composing Your Essay In deciding what to write about keep in mind the basic requirement for a good story it must portray a sequence of connected events driven forward by some tension or conflict that results in a recognition or new understanding Not every memorable event in your life will end itself to this sort of structure The most common failing in faulty narratives is that the meaning of the event is clearer to the narrator than to the audience You had to be there the writer comments when a story just doesnt have the expected impact on an audience But its the storytellers job to put the reader there by providing enough detail and context for the reader to see why the event is significant If an event didnt lead to any significant insight understanding knowledge change or other kind of difference in your life and if you really had to be there to appreciate its significance then its a poor candidate for an autobiographical narrative Choosing a Plot For some of you identifying a plota significant moment or insight arising out of contrarietywill present little problem If you are searching for a plot idea you may find the following list helpful --A time when you took some sort of test that conferred new status on you licensing exam SAT entrance exam etc If you failed what did you learn from it or how did it shape you If you succeeded did the new status turn out to be as important as you expected it to be --A time when you left your family for an extended period or forever ex going to college --A time when you overcame your fears to do something for the first time first date first public presentation etc --A situation in which you learned how to get along amicably with another human being or a failed relationship that taught you something about life your first extended
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