Personal Narration

Personal narration is an amazing way to demonstrate and share your life experiences with others. Personal narrative topics always deal with the things related to personal life of the writer. You enclose things that occur around you.

The end goal of writing a personal narration is to give it a life or sense that produces an effect on the readers. Remember, a good narration always creates dramatic effects on the readers either make them laugh or give them pleasure or fright.

Personal narratives by high school students or personal narratives written by teens may have different stories based on their life experiences and age. However, the basic structure and method are always the same.
Structure of a Personal Narrative Sample

Personal experiences or narrative stories can be written in different ways. The three most commonly adaptive structures include chronological approach, reflective approach or flashback sequence. Your selection for the structure always depends on the story you are going to tell. A brief description of each structure is described here,
Chronological Approach

While telling personal narratives in chronological approach, you get a start from the very beginning and gradually cover all the relevant incidents till present day.
Reflective Approach

In this type of personal narration, you response all the situations, experiences and events occurred with you. In this method you demonstrate the events in a way as to explore different questions.
Flashback Sequence

This approach deals with a chronological development of narration. The event you are supposed to enclose has to be related with some earlier event.
Sample Personal Narrative Story: An Example
My Mother by Lori Ann Proust

“She is understanding and always there for me. She listens and is full of positive support. I am lucky to have someone who is both a close friend and a mother. Not everyone has this kind of a relationship.

I could find endless words in the thesaurus to describe my mother, but the one word that stands out above the rest is "incredible." She has cared for me and my family throughout my whole life. When I was growing up, she always did my laundry, took me to dancing lessons and the orthodontist for eight years, made me breakfast and my lunch for school every day without fail, took my sister to field hockey, sewed my clothes, typed my papers, cooked for the family, cleaned the house, did all the yard work, and was happily married. I don’t know how she managed to do all of these things so well and still have time for herself.

My mother is my sole support system. Whenever something exciting happens or there is a crisis in my life, she is the first person I turn to. I have seen many friends come and go in my life, but my mother is different. For eighteen years of my life, she has always been there for me. No matter the distance between us, we always are close. She understands me and knows me better than anyone else I know. She doesn’t make demands nor does she pressure me with school and my future. She has complete faith and trust in me that I am doing the right thing with my life. I make her happy by letting her know I am happy and like who I am and where my life is taking me”.

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Nadia Ansari has written this article. To read more about personal narrative examples , visit writing tips.