Autobiographical Incident

Steps in the Writing Process
  1. Identify an incident (event occurring over a relatively short period of time) when you were resilient in overcoming a hardship or injustice. Write a sentence or two briefly telling about the incident.
  2. In one sentence, tell why this incident was significant to you.
  3. Recall the scene - who was there, where did it occur, what did you hear, see, smell, etc. at the scene. Describe it so that others would feel they were there.
  4. Outline the sequence of events: What happened 1st, 2nd, 3rd?
  5. What were your feelings at the time of the incident? What are your thoughts today?
  6. How has your life changed as a result of this incident?
  7. Put these ideas aside and begin your first draft.


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