A Brief Guide to Writing Narrative Essays
|Narrative writing tells a
story. In essays the narrative writing could also be considered reflection
or an exploration of the author's values told as a story. The author may
remember his or her past, or a memorable person or event from that past,
or even observe the present.
When you're writing a narrative essay, loosen up. After all, you're basically just telling a story to someone, something you probably do every day in casual conversation. Use first person and talk it through first. You might even want to either tape record your story as if you were telling it to someone for the first time or actually tell it to a friend.
Once you get the basic story down, then you can begin turning it into an essay. If you feel that you lack life experience, then you may choose to write about someone else or write about an observation you've made about a recent event. You could write about your children, your parents, or your favorite sport or hobby. The important aspect to remember is that you should have a story. In a successful narrative essay, the author usually makes a point.
Again, get the basic story down, get it organized, and in your final editing process, work on word choice.
See a personal narrative sample: