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Thursday, 23 March 2017

Do’s and Don’ts for writing a narrative essay

What is a narrative essay and how to write it?

Narrative essays fall under the category of an essay which describes something about the personal experience an individual has experienced.

More than being formal, narrative essays takes the position in saying something as a story to the targeted audience. The approach to writing this is very simple, to be narrative. These kinds of essays are easier to write if a backdrop for the plot is set. There are few important things that need to be kept in mind while writing a narrative essay.

Here is the list of do’s and don’ts that should be followed while writing an essay

Do’s of a narrative essay

1.Must add sensory details: As narrative essays are more of real life experiences, much of sensory details must be added. This leads to making the audience believe in whatever is being said. Therefore much importance should be given to add personal things to it.

2.Must describe a situation: Quite similar to short stories and fiction, yet different from their writing styles, narrative essays must use suitable characters in their essays to bring liveliness in the essay.  

3.Must have a plot: Narrative essay must have its own plot which must cater to the audience with sensible story revolving.

4.Employ show don’t tell theory: Audience gets attached to a story when they experience by themselves the story that is written. This can happen only when “show don’t tell theory” is articulated.
“Show don’t tell” theory will help in bringing the characters into live action making the story even more interesting. 

5.It must bring emotions and feelings: Memories, personal experiences all have emotions and feelings hidden within them. Narrative essays should play the role of bringing these emotions and feelings into the story.  

6.Use first person (sometimes third person): When something is to be described, usually first person is used. Example “I”, “Me” etc. Second person words must be avoided as far as possible. Including first person (and third person sometimes) brings more depth to the essay.

7.Chronological order: Like a normal essay, narrative essay must have three sections, an introduction section, a body section, and a conclusion part.
In these sections, there must usage of the plot in a chronological order so that the story can be followed properly by the readers.

 8.Backdrop: A backdrop, a theme, or a background must be set so that the plot can be fit easily. The background which is provided must be constant throughout the essay.

Don’ts of a narrative essay

1.Do not generalize it: Narrative must impart a deeper understanding of the story and its characters. Hence generalizing it will only make it a substandard essay. Being specific will help in bringing depth to the essay.

2.Do not change the voice of your essay:  If an active voice is utilized in the essay, it must continue till the end. Changing tone or the voice of an essay will make it look less presentable and difficult to approach as a story.

3.Emphasize on quantity: Quality always has an upper hand over quantity. Hence emphasizing on the word count will either make it redundant or less informative. The length should be such that it should not be too much nor too less. 

4.Restate the story in the conclusion part: Conclusion to an essay is an important part. It is the crucial section which holds the whole essay together and brings justice to it. 

These are some of the do's and don'ts that must be followed while writing a narrative essay. 

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