theimagineacademy

tricks for writing better essays

How to Write an Effective Narrative Essay: General Guidelines 

In a narrative essay, you should tell a story from your life. It may be something you experienced in the past or experience now, and this story should communicate some main idea or teach a lesson. It is not so difficult to compose a narrative essay if you know how to do it effectively. It is all about choosing a good topic, being descriptive, and keeping to a basic structure. Make use of the following general guidelines, and you will manage to create your own story that is both impressive and vivid.

  • Decide what to write about.
  • You may focus on a particular event from your childhood, a good or bad deed of yours, your failure or achievement, any significant change in your life, etc.

  • Think about what this experience illustrates.
  • Narrative essays consist of your personal story and a general theme that is proved by this story. Therefore, let your experience demonstrate some significant problem, concept, or theme.

  • Recollect as many details of the experience as possible.
  • You should vividly describe all smells and sounds, all images you saw and feelings you experienced, and make the story come alive to your reader.

  • Make a rough outline of the plot.
  • At what point does the story begin? At what point does it end? Make a simple list of important scenes that should be described in your essay.

  • Be consistent when writing your paper.
  • Narrative essays are generally written in the first person. Be careful to have only one “I” in your story. Write your paper in the past tense.

  • Be descriptive.
  • Describe main characters. Let each of the story characters own his or her particular details. Describe the location where the event takes place. Let your reader feel all the atmosphere of this setting. Show rather than tell.

  • Be sure to illustrate the main theme in your story.
  • Your theme should be included in the introduction. Let your thesis statement explain the main idea of your story and hint how it will end.

  • Add dialogues.
  • It is often needed to include dialogues in your narrative paper. Format them properly.

  • Be focused.
  • Remember to keep to the main theme of your story. All scenes and descriptions should be aimed at conveying your idea.

  • Revise your writing.
  • Look through your paper and check if it needs improvements. Did your represent your points and communicate your main theme clearly and effectively? Shouldn’t your narration start later or earlier? Are there any grammar, spelling, or stylistic mistakes? Make corrections and rewrite problematic parts of your essay.

#