How To Write An Excellent Story In WAEC.

Narrative essay, also called story writing, like other types of English essay questions, requires a well-organised beginning, climax and conclusion.

In this lesson…

You will learn the art of writing an excellent story in WAEC English Essay Paper 2 Section A.

Steps for writing a story in WAEC

1. Use a relevant title

Your story title is the first thing that the WAEC examiner will see and read about your story.

Start your story in WAEC with a title that is relevant to the question and you are already pleasing the examiner to score you an A.

How to write a relevant story title

Remember the golden rule is to make sure your story title is RELEVANT to the question, but how do you craft out such title?

Method 1

  • Look at the question that’s asking you to write a story.
  • The question will either have a proverb or an idiomatic expression.
  • Convert that proverb or idiom to your story title.

FOR EXAMPLE:

Question 1: Write a story that illustrates the saying: It pays to be disciplined.

Story title 1: IT PAYS TO BE DISCIPLINED

Method 2

  • Look at the question that’s asking you to write a story.
  • In the absence of a proverb or a idiom, the question will have a plain sentence.
  • Convert that sentence to your story title.

Example 2: Write a story that ends with: “…and I have had to live with this stigma for the rest of my life.”

Story title 2: MY ETERNAL STIGMA

Finally…

Make sure you write your WAEC story title in capital letters and do not underline.

2. Introduce your story

After writing an excellent title for your story in WAEC, the next step is to write a captivating introduction to your story.

A captivating introduction will make the examiner more interested in reading your full story and awarding you your full mark.

How to write a captivating introduction

  • Method 1 — The Simple Intro

Use any of the popular story starters or just state the exact date that your story happened.

  • Example 1: Once upon a time.
  • Example 2: A long time ago.
  • Example 3: It was in the midnight of April 20th, blah blah blah.

Method 2 — The Advanced Intro

Explain a proverb that is related to the story or tell a little about one of the characters in your story.

  • Title: IT PAYS YO BE DISCIPLINED
  • Example: Man, by nature, is insatiable. The Oliver Twist in us will always want more, and when this desire meets indiscipline, the consequences can be detrimental.

Finally…

If you are not too good with English, start your story in WAEC a simple introduction.

3. Organize the body

The third step is to write the body of your story which will contain the full gist of the events that happened in your story.

And there is a WAEC standard for the arrangement of each event of your story.

(a) The beginning — This part should tell the examiner how the story started.

  • When did the event happen?
  • Where did the event happen?
  • Who were the characters in the event?
  • Are there other issues that led to this event?

(b) The climax — This part should tell the examiner the most significant event of your story. 

  • “most shocking”
  • “most exciting”
  • “most interesting”
  • “most horrifying”
  • “most pleasant”

(c) The end — This part should tell the examiner how the story ended. After the climax had happened, what followed?

  • Was there a reward?
  • Was there a punishment?
  • Who received the reward or punishment?

4. Conclude your story

The last step is to round up your story with a simple format.

Round up by restating the proverb, quote or expression in the question.

How simple?

Just restate the proverb, idiom or sentence that is in the question.

  • Title: IT PAYS TO BE DISCIPLINED
  • Conclusion: It was not until after that incident, I then realized that it pays to be disciplined.

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