The Narrative Arc: Page Two

We may become involved with ghost writing a memoir. Emphasis on “may.” Therefore, we’ve been reading about memoir writing. Currently, we are reading Writing Life Stories by Bill Roorbach, At one point he writes, “Successful memoir requires drama. Readers demand it. The form demands it. Drama – characters in action – must be the first excellence.”

So this post is our own experiment in identifying drama, through conflict, in a piece we wrote. It’s a short memoir, creative non-fiction centering on an event from our adolescence. It’s entitled “That Four Barrel Summer,” and you can read it here

We provide the link because only having read the short (1,500 words) piece will the illustration below have any real meaning.

Can you create a narrative arc from a writing selection of yours? If you send one, we’ll consider posting it. Thanks.

A Narrative Arc Image Infographic Page Two


About Bob McCarthy

Originally from the Northeast, I now call Southwest Florida home. I have been a professional copywriter and editor since 1979, both freelance and in house. I have had article published in regional, national and international magazines. Plus, a video for which I wrote the script won an industry award as Best Training Video.
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