Directions: Answer the questions below from “Proust’s Questionnaire” to help you begin thinking about a potential topic to write your narrative about.
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
2. What is your greatest fear?
3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
5. Which living person do you most admire?
6. What is your current state of mind?
7. What do you most dislike about your appearance?
8. Which living person do you most despise?
9. When and where were you happiest?
10. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
11. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
12. Where would you most like to live?
13. What is your most treasured possession?
14. What is your favorite occupation?
15. What is your greatest regret?
16. What is your motto?
Narrative Writing Brainstorming
Directions: Read the narrative writing prompt and in each section write down as much information as you can about your topic. Remember you are brainstorming… so the more details the better!
• When did the event happen?
• How old were you?
• Where did event take place?
• What happened? How did it happen?
• What were your reactions/feeling at the time?
• Why is this story important to you?
The Impact (Then)
• What was the impact when it
• How did you feel?
• What were your thoughts
The Impact (Now)
• What is the impact on you now?
• How do you feel now?
• What are your thoughts?
• Looking back are you glad you
The Point: Why is this topic important?
•What do you want the reader to know about you from your essay?
•How would you be different if this had not happened to you?
•What lesson(s) did you learn after this experience?
•How will you continue use what you have learned in the future?