Writing Mini-Lessons: Effective and Ineffective Personal Narratives


“Why personal narrative?  
It means the world becomes yours.  If you don’t do it, it drifts away and takes
a whole piece of yourself with it, like an amputation.  To attack it and attack
 it and get it under control—it’s like taking possession of your life, isn’t it?”
~ Ted Hughes

“The story of your life is not your life. It is your story.”
~ John Barth

Ineffective personal narratives generally suffer from one or more of these difficulties:

As writers, we will address each of these personal narrative problems in discrete mini-lessons so that you will know how to write effective personal narratives that have these qualities: