I have jumped to a new study book as the previous one requires partners to complete the lessons. The next suggestions come from a book titled “The New Writing With A Purpose” by Joseph F. Trimmer. This is an interesting book that covers a variety of writing topics.
Today we are looking at how to narrate. Make a list of your earliest memory of writing. Select a memory that had the most powerful effect on you. Then write the story, dramatizing the process and explaining what you learned.
Here I go…
While attending Grade Four in a school in St. Boniface, Manitoba, I was persuaded to write caption and illustrate a poster for the Shriner’s Circus. They were to appear in Winnipeg within a month and were accepting applications for posters by young artists, promoting the upcoming show. I took about two days to rough a copy of what I wanted to express. I loved big cats and decided to make these animals the headliner for the poster. So I drew the lion, roaring, in the center and drew two tigers, one on each side with their paws in the air on either side of the lion. I then circled, as much as possible, because of the paper size, the traditional red center ring around them all. The backgrounds balance showed shadows of the audience. I then wrote all the pertinent information about the show dates and amazing acts that would be appearing during the performance .
It took about two weeks after my submission for the word that I was among the chosen artists to be featured that year. I was ecstatic! This is what got the artistic (drawing and writing) bug to lay his bedding down in my brain. Although I have had other events that spurred me on, this is one of my favorite memories.