Your Guide to Writing Your Personal Narrative




As humans, we are wired to connect through stories. Personal narratives are a powerful way to share your experiences and connect with your readers. In this blog article, we will explore how to write a compelling personal narrative that resonates with your readers and helps you build meaningful connections.

A personal narrative is a story about a personal experience or event. It is told from the writer's perspective and often includes sensory details that help bring the story to life. Personal narratives can be used to explore various topics, from overcoming challenges to travel experiences to family history. Famous examples include classics like “Diary of a Young Girl,” by Anne Frank, “The Death of the Moth” by Virginia Woolf, and “Bossypants” by Tina Fey. Read on to find out how to write your very own personal narrative!

Choosing a Topic for Your Personal Narrative

The first step in writing a personal narrative is choosing a topic. Think about a personal experience that has profoundly impacted you or that you feel strongly about. It could be a life-changing moment, a significant relationship, or a period of personal growth.

If you’re having trouble, think about 

  • Some obstacles you faced

  • The funny stories that your family members tell about you

  • A moment where your worldview changed 

Consider what you want your readers to take away from your story when choosing a topic. What lesson or message do you want to share? How can your personal experience help others who may be going through similar situations? My Stories Matter offers excellent prompts to kickstart your writing and what topic you want to focus on. 

Tips for Writing a Successful Personal Narrative

Once you have a topic, it's time to start writing your personal narrative. Here are some tips to help you write a successful story:


  • Use sensory details: Use descriptive language that appeals to the five senses to help bring your story to life. This will help your readers visualize the experience and feel like they are with you, or even better, they are you

  • Focus on a specific moment: Rather than covering an entire event or period, focus on a specific moment that significantly impacted you. This will help you delve deeper into the emotions and thoughts accompanying that moment.

  • Show, don't tell: Instead of simply stating how you feel, show your readers through your actions, thoughts, and dialogue. This will help them better understand your experience and feel more connected to you as a writer.

Write Your Personal Narrative On My Stories Matter

Sharing your personal narrative is a vulnerable and incredibly rewarding experience. By sharing your story, you can build connections with readers who may have had similar experiences or can relate to your message.

When sharing your personal narrative, consider the platform you will use. One option is to use My Stories Matter. My Stories Matter provides a safe and supportive community for writers. You can engage with like-minded peers crafting their narratives and bounce ideas off each other and get feedback. However, unlike other social media apps, you are in charge of who sees your writing–even if the answer is no one–due to our sincere respect for privacy. 

In addition, My Stories Matter offers various prompts and writing exercises that inspire creativity and self-reflection, such as our Writing Helper! These tools help you delve deeper into your memories, emotions, and perspectives, enabling you to weave compelling narratives. 

Sign up for free today and let the narration begin!


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