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I Hate Narrative Essays

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I stared at the blinking cursor, unbelieving at what I had just done. I was indeed done; done with a paper I agonized over for 6 hours. The paper was due in a scant 4 hours and I had all week to do it. The radio had stopped working because my brother got on the Internet and thus cut off my connection. That was the least of my problems working on this paper. I got it done, though. My life changed with one trip of a teacher to the chalkboard and one phrase, narrative essay. God, I hate narrative essays.

My day was going well. I devoured a big breakfast, my brother, for once, got out of the shower quick, and no major assignment was pending. Life was very, very good. Then life began to fall into oblivion. I saw on the board in the front of Mrs. Smith's room the journal entry for the day. It was about what would I write about in a narrative essay. Hope faded away. Somewhere on the planet a nuclear bomb went. An earthquake struck in some unknown place on the Earth. A volcano erupted on Jupiter's moon Io and killed a bunch of Ionians. Somebody's red rose just wilted and the petals fell onto the ground. The end of the world was indeed upon us. My jaw dropped and warning bells went off in my head. I went completely and utterly blank. I tried as hard as I could to write my journal. Channel One came on and talked about a nuclear bomb going off in India that caused an earthquake that somehow caused a volcano to erupt on Io (that killed a bunch of aliens). My jaw dropped once again. It was now the floor. As I was finishing my journal, Mrs. Smith went to the front of the room and talked about, du du du, narrative papers. She gave us a cold, white study guide that gave me no hope for survival. She then gave us another evil sheet of paper that described itself as a Narrative Worksheet. It was then that I knew I was in a nightmare and I was going to wake up and all of this would never have happened. I was convinced that this was true. Then Katie pinched me and told me to stop babbling. Maybe I dreamed that one up; I have no idea anymore. Mrs. Smith then described the worksheet in detail. We had to come up with a topic sentence, and then three details that support your topic sentence. And to top that all off we had to choose perspective. She showed us the choices in the Writing book, but I was still drawing blanks. If it is a personal narrative essay, what other perspectives could there possibly be other than First person. So I of course chose First Person as the perspective of my paper. Then we had to come up with three sentences that show what perspectives we used. I had not written my paper yet. In fact, I could not decide what topic to use.

The topic of my narrative paper is. These were the words I stared at for almost 30 minutes. The words almost starred back at me, sticking its tongue out at me, daunting me. I had no idea what to write about. Nothing in my life was interesting enough to write about. Mrs. Smith...

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