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The story that you tell is a Narrative!

Updated on February 19, 2015

Narrative Writing is any kind of writing that talks or tells a story in order to write a narrative essay, you’ll need to tell a story usually about something that happened in a way that he viewers learn a message or gain insight. The word narrative is synonymous with story either fiction or non-fiction in an order in which it is told. At times, there is a narrator or a story teller, a character or series of characters, who tell the story and sometimes, with most non-fiction, the writer him/herself is the storyteller.

We are narrators of our own lives all the time. Something happens at the theatre or a mall, you meet friends and tell details that happened and are important to you in the order that seems right to you. The story that you tell is a narrative. A reporter who tells a story about a football player, the daily training schedules that he worked out or a story about an athlete who fought for years to get an Olympics medal might highlight his adversity, the time he had to sleep outside for a week to practice. Narratives are shaped by details offering signs and hints wherein these details offer hints about the writer’s determination and purpose.

Why to write Narrative?

Narrative writing is categorized as Fiction based on imaginative stories or events that actually did not happen and Non Fiction, which would be writings based on real facts and happenings which consists of newspapers, articles, essays, reports, cover letters, blogs etc. and added instructive writing. Autobiographies and biographies are examples of non-fiction that is narrative writing, as they speak about the story of a person's life.

Evidently, the writer who highlights the adversities and sufferings of the characters wants to show us that the person overcame hardship to prosper. Narrative writing tells others the stories of personal experiences and allows gaining empathy and sympathy about the world around us.

Instructions for writing an effective Narrative Writing:

  • Tell or write a story about a happening that means a lot making the story interesting!
  • Avoid long overviews and explanations especially at the start of the narrative. Get right to the action!
  • Ensure that the story has an idea! Define what was knowledgeable from the experience.
  • Use your senses to voice the location, characters, setting and the conspiracy of your story.
  • Don't be afraid to tell the story in your own voice.
  • Avoid telling about what something appears like talk about how it smells, sounds, tastes, or feels!

The article is to have you recognize that there are numerous approaches to convey a story and the writing should contain a mix of them. The narrative point of view is the way of linking the narrator to the unfolding story. Narrative tense conveys the when of a story as if events are happening now, present tense, or in the past. Narrative voice refers back to point of view, with no other clarification, indicating that voice and point of view are the same. The narrator is typically a character in the story whose identity is nameless and unidentified from time to time, who conveys his own opinions about characters or story or events. Don’t be afraid to trial with narrative writing to create a more amusing or more engrossing story.


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