New this year! To help you through the writing process, we’ve put together these short video tutorials featuring Carol Edgarian, bestselling author and Cofounder/Editor of Narrative Magazine. Each video covers a basic aspect of the writing process—from choosing an idea to crafting a scene to revising and submitting—and offers some expert, behind-the-scenes advice.
Need a start? The NarrativeArchive offers thousands of stories, poems, and essays, free of charge—we invite you to gather inspiration by getting lost in our stacks.
The best personal narratives allow small events to speak broadly about who we are and our understanding of the world. The following essays provide strong examples of how to distill greater meaning from a few defining moments.
Conflict, action, resolution. Character, plot, theme. Language and imagery. Dialogue and narration. Great stories offer these key elements in compelling and original combinations. And what gets the words flowing better than sitting down with a short story? Enter the incredible worlds created by these authors and think about how, in your writing, you can best create your own universe, using a voice that is all your own.
Choose your words deliberately and economically. Every word, every sentence, tells its own story, so craft yours with care, and opt for quality over quantity. Read the poems below to see how a few well-chosen words can create an entire world.