When I first woke up, I heard the rain.
I ate some cereal, and then I took a shower.
Next, I put on my coat, grabbed my backpack, and ran out the door.
After a busy day, I was glad to be home again.
Finally, I could relax. It was a great day.
ONE, TWO, THREE
1. Did you read your story out loud?
2. Did you double check your spelling?
3. Did you capitalize and punctuate correctly?
4. Did you use interesting vocabulary?
5. Did you write a good beginning and ending?
Time puts things in order. The SEQUENCE tells when things happen.
It helps the reader if you keep the action and events in the correct order.
Not only should there be a beginning, middle, and ending; there should also be a smooth order of the events throughout the story.
(Some stories have flashbacks, which jump back to an earlier time for a while. It's hard to keep the reader from being confused, so a beginner should stay with a regular order of events until he has learned to write with more skill.)
Words like FIRST, NEXT, THEN, AFTER, LATER, and FINALLY show the reader when things happened.
Articles that give directions or tell you how to make something need to be in the right order. Sometimes, they even use numbers.
Give me directions from your house to somewhere else,
OR explain to me how you cook a simple meal or play a game.
Email it to me.
Teach me something new.
Splash into Writing