How to Write a Narrative Essay
This type of essay is frequently assigned in school. It requires telling a personal story that has some meaning to the author. Usually narrative essays describe topics that have connection with class themes. Let’s learn how to select a topic and write a good narrative essay.
Step 1. Select a story that describes some theme or topic.
There are two main elements of a narrative essay: a story and following analysis of it. This is why your topic should describe a certain issue or theme. By using your personal experience, you describe your idea and the main point. In most cases, students do not require to conduct a research in order to write a narrative essay.
Step 2. Make sure your topic fits the theme.
Students receive prompts from their school teachers. They need to create their topics based on the prompts and ensure they fit the assignment. You should always read your prompt very carefully to understand the task. Otherwise your story about how you managed to escape from a desert island is not going to be good. The most common themes for narrative essays include:
• How you managed to overcome adversity
• How your priorities in life have changed
• The most interesting experience you have had.
Step 3. Make an outline.
Think about the story you want to tell and try to recall all important details it might have. Define when the story starts and ends. Make your story as particular as possible. This means you should not write about your school year and take the first day in class as the starting point. For example, go straight to the drama and describe what failure you had.
Step 4. Be consistent.
It is important to remember that the use of “I' is not just justified but required. Do not switch between different points of view in your story. There has to be only one writer and this is you. Besides, make sure you tell your narrative in past tense. For example, you should not write “Larry and I visited the theater every Sunday, just like we do every week.' Instead you should write “Larry and I visited the theater every Sunday.'
Step 5. Describe characters and setting.
The most important character in the story is you. But you have to describe who else was there with you. Descriptions of people might include their physical appearance, clothes and other attributes. Try to make a sentence describing each character. The setting is as important as the characters in a narrative essay. You have to describe where the action took place: in a home, in the streets and sometimes even the town or country. Try to recall as many details about the place as you can. It is a very important part of your story so you might even include some extra details about it.
Step 6. Use vivid details.
Describing details is essential in writing. Even boring classroom can be made interesting if the writer finds some unique elements and uses right kinds of details. One of the things that propel your story is your details.