Seven Types of Paragraph Development

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Narration

Around 2 a.m. something woke Charles Hanson up. He lay in the dark listening. Something felt

wrong. Outside, crickets sang, tree-frogs chirruped. Across the distant forest floated two muffled

hoots from a barred owl. It was too quiet. At home in New Jersey, the nights are filled with the

busy, comforting sounds of traffic. You always have the comforting knowledge that other people

are all around you. And light: At home he can read in bed by the glow of the streetlight. It was

too quiet. And much too dark. Even starlight failed to penetrate the 80-foot canopy of trees the

camper was parked beneath. It was the darkest dark he had ever seen. He felt for the flashlight

beside his bunk. It was gone. He found where his pants were hanging and, as he felt the pockets

for a box of matches, something rustled in the leaves right outside the window, inches from his

face. He heard his wife, Wanda, hold her breath; she was awake, too. Then, whatever, was

outside in the darkness also breathed, and the huge silence of the night seemed to come inside the

camper, stifling them. It was then he decided to pack up and move to a motel.

Comments on narration:

• Normally chronological (though sometimes uses flashbacks)

• A sequential presentation of the events that add up to a story.

• A narrative differs from a mere listing of events. Narration usually contains characters, a setting, a

conflict, and a resolution. Time and place and person are normally established. In this paragraph, the

"story" components are: a protagonist (Hanson), a setting (the park), a goal (to camp), an obstacle

(nature), a climax (his panic), and a resolution (leaving).

• Specific details always help a story, but so does interpretive language. You don't just lay the words on

the page; you point them in the direction of a story.

• This…...

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