How to write an excellent recount — Literacy Ideas Imaginative recount. Applies factual knowledge to an imaginary role in order to interpret and recount events e.g. A Day in the Life of a German soldier, How I manned the first mission to the moon. Genre: Recount - Salisbury High School PURPOSE. A personal recount is where the author is recounting an experience that they were involved in directly. A factual recount can be used to retell a particular incident or event, such as an accident or newspaper report. An imaginative recount is the retell of an imaginary event through the eyes of a fiction character, such as, the day in the life of Shrek.