Hello again guys!
I found a website where you can do an exercise similar to the one in the book. It will help you to put your ideas in order for your composition.
Also, you can use these tips. Good luck and happy writing!
YOUR NIGHTMARE JOURNEY
1. Introduction: a) Introduce your anecdote: Probably the worst day I have ever had was when I flew from London to Hong Kong
b) Set the scene (give information about what you where doing, who were you with, what had happened earlier: The flight was leaving at 6am, so I decided to book a room at a hotel near the airport. I was very happy that night so I decided to have a drink at the hotel bar. I stayed there till 3am and thought it was not worth sleeping only a few hours
2. Beginning of the narrative:
Describe what happened to you, what things started to go wrong: But I fell asleep and when I woke up it was nearly 5.30 am . I went out in a hurry but there were no taxis in the street. Suddenly, the airport bus came so I arrived there at 5.45
3. Development of the narrative:
a) Write about what happened next, what else went wrong: Fortunately, the flight had been delayed and I could check-in my luggage. In the end, we had to wait 9 hours at the airport!
b) Add more things that happened to you: Yet, the worst of all was yet to come. Shortly after leaving London, a huge storm started. The plane couldn’t stop bouncing and people were very scared, shouting and crying all over the place! I thought the plane was going to crash!
Write how the story finished and how you and everyone else felt at the end: In the end, we arrived safe in Hong Kong, but I´ll never forget this experience. I was so tired! What a journey!
STYLE: A written personal anecdote has similarities with a spoken anecdote: 1) It is told in 1st person and 2) very formal expressions are not used. However, do not use vague language or contractions.
LINKING: TIME LINKERS
Adverbials: Suddenly (I was standing there. Suddenly, I heard a noise), all of a sudden (I was standing there when all of a sudden I heard a noise; , in the end, eventually (Eventually I got back home after a really long journey), at last (I saw my dad coming. At last, I started to feel a bit more relaxed).
Conjunctions: As soon as (As soon as we finished, we went outside to take the car), Just as (Just as we were finishing, there was a terrible storm) while (I arrived while they were having lunch) when (when he arrived I was watching TV) once (once he left the show was no longer the same).