Narrative essay

How to write a narrative essay.

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“Drawing the curtain…”

Are you confused? Is this your first time writing a narrative essay? Let us help you. There is absolutely nothing to be afraid of. It will not bite. To begin with, do you know what narrative essay is? A narrative essay means telling a story. This is the definition of narrative essay in simple language just to make your confusion go away 🙂 Every time you tell a story to a friend, relative or co-worker, it is a verbal narrative essay of its kind. How to write a narrative essay you might ask though, if you, for example, a student and this was your assignment at the college. Well, every essay discloses a certain point of view, your point of view if, of course, that is you who are the narrator. There always should be a point about your story, about your essay. This is your personal narrative essay. Select a topic, to start with. It has to be something you have a clear viewpoint about so you could tell it to your reader and it sounded fascinating. It is needless to say, that the topic you pick should be interesting for you as a narrator in the first place. As long as it is produced in a written form, its literacy is what is also significant along with clearly made point. It is important to note that there is no right or wrong but just your point of sight towards something.

 “Before the opening…”

Now you know what narrative essay is. There is also a descriptive essay. If in a narrative one, a story is told from your perspective for gaining insight by the reader, then in a descriptive one, a character, thing or event has to be described so tastefully to make a reader literary see and feel what is going on. This is what keeps the fire of interest burning within a reader. It may be biographical, autobiographical, fictional, reflective, narrative argument essay or narrative analysis essay.

There are many tips on how to write a narrative essay. Everything is simple. As has already been mentioned, keep it clear. The more complicated words you use, the harder it gets. Try to avoid complex sentences and passive voice constructions in your essay. Fixed phrases, idiomatic expressions and slang is welcome though. There is no need to tell about every single move you make literally. In addition, it has to be a first-person narrative so a reader felt your experience through your story. Though, the third person is also applicable. A dialogue in a narrative essay is also acceptable. Put the words of a character into quotation marks. When another character speaks, start up a new line.

If to speak about elements and format of a narrative essay, it is not just about introduction, main body and conclusion. There should be a story line, central figure, setting, climax and, but not always, the end. If there is one, it may be a total surprise revealing part or just a hint of climax section. You may feel free to make an outline to your essay. It is going to be an implementation plan for your paper to go logically and smoothly before the introduction itself where you give some of a background knowledge. However, it might be a shocker to involve a reader or simply a description of the setting. As for the rest, it depends on what type of a narrative essay you choose. It might be framed essay where the beginning of the essay lays in its end while the main event of the story has already happened, and then it continues in the beginning and ends up in the middle of the essay. Your essay also might begin in the middle, which means no introduction. A story line here is more important than the development of the central figure. Alternatively, it might be open-ended when no conclusion is left but a room for a reader to come up with one by himself.

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What you need is to come up with a purpose of your narrative essay. Whether it is to inform or to entertain your reader. Have all the necessary parts of the composition – a thesis statement as an explanation of the basic idea, a point of view (make sure it is clear so your message was conveyed to your reader correctly), a story line, a central figure, climax and resolution. Do not forget about the details such as the tense you use throughout the essay. Decorate it with colorful garments of literary devices such as epithet and metaphor or oxymoron and irony and you are ready to “go on stage”. To be able to tell and write a story well is an art just like theater. It is your performance with summaries and scenes, the performance as a narrator and a writer. A scene means a moment in the essay told in more details. A summary means the time of narration between the scenes. Well, this is it. It is time to go on the stage now and let the show begin! Break a leg!

“Curtain falls”.