In a similarly-sized narrative piece (34 paragraphs, about 4-5 pages single-spaced), write a story that will send me Googling, so to speak. Use references I would need to be you to understand – nicknames the family gave you, cultural details, political events you remember, significant moments, etc. By that, I mean that I should be able to recognize some of what you’re discussing, but in order to get everything without looking it up first, I probably would’ve needed to live your life.
The ten things you'll need to include in your piece:
1. Cultural relationship between you and your parents – ways your culture(s) have shaped you similarly and shaped you differently
(Example from Shooting Dad: The ways American political culture and gun culture influenced how Sarah and her father acted toward each other)
2. Something you and your parents agree upon that helps define your relationship
(Example from Shooting Dad: Sarah comes to realize that both she and her father are "artists," or at least similarly driven by what they love/are passionate about)
3. Something you and your parents disagree over that also helps define your relationship
(Example from Shooting Dad: Sarah and her father retreating to their respective workspaces because neither values the other's work)
4. Touchstones of home, memories of growing up, etc.
(Example from Shooting Dad: Shooting crows, moving guns aside to make room for cereal, etc.)
5. Description of parents’ world, workplace, place to relax, etc.
(Example from Shooting Dad: Sarah's father's gunsmithing workshop)
6. Description of same for you
(Example from Shooting Dad: Sarah's room and what she did there)
7. Memory of a parent trying to teach you something that was important for you, them, or both – something that helps define your relationship
(Example from Shooting Dad: Sarah and Amy "learning" to shoot the gun like their father)
8. Pop-culture, entertainment, or history, shared or separate, that indicates/illustrates something about your interactions
(Example from Shooting Dad: Tons - the John Wayne references, the Reagen-era disagreements, etc.)
9. Family history (grandparents in their younger days and earlier) that is important to you, them, or both, and how it explains your relationship with your family
(Example from Shooting Dad: The family backstory behind the cannon)
10. Something you do together today that explains who you both are and how you relate to each other
(Example from Shooting Dad: Sarah going with her father to shoot the cannon)