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Published: Monday 28th of October 2013
“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser”(John W. Gardner) “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes” (Oscar Wilde) “Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forwards.” (Soren Kierkegaard)
“They kicked me in the stomach as I lay on the ground. I thought they will beat me to death. I lost consciousness twice.”Now, the reader will be curious about what happens next. This action portion shouldn't be longer than a paragraph. Here are more ideas to make this paragraph impressive:
“It was my first day at a new school. Even though I knew making friends would be hard, I was still optimistic since I was a good soccer player. So, as they were approaching me, I thought they would ask me to join their team and then all of a sudden.....”The reader is now familiar with what came before the action. The development part should contain at least three events or scenes that will let the reader grasp the rest of your story. You can go back in time to explain your horrified reaction to the chain of events you were facing so far:
“Even before arriving on campus, I was aware how desperately lonely and isolated I was after my parents' death. There was no one to talk to either in my family or outside of it. I applied to university with the expectation that I would escape from real life hardships and find new friends whom I can confide in....”So, you should choose very specific and sensory details from the distant past. To recapitulate:
“However, two weeks later I still felt as if I were living in a nightmare. Night after night I woke up crying. I was overwhelmed with feelings of fear, inferiority, and sadness. I finally decided to accept the student newspaper editor proposal and write an essay on bullying in school. After I wrote the very last line, I finally felt nothing but relief...”And this should be a strong ending. That image of a boy resolute to write an essay and get it published at the very school where he experienced harsh times of bullying shows his acceptance. It tells us that a life lesson was really learned and that he gained the greatest possible advantage out of his atrocity.