A narrative essay may be referred as a story usually written based on personal’s experience. This implies that this type of essay normally describe a person’s specific experiences which might have changed the way he or she felt, acted or even thought. Additionally, it is also important to note that the purpose of writing such an essay is not to merely tell an outstanding and interesting story but also to demonstrate to the readers on the importance as well as influence the experience it had on them. A good narrative essay always carries various components or elements which may include the fact that it should involve readers in the whole story. This implies that it is more interesting and exciting to recreate an episode for the readers than just telling about it. Moreover, it should always relate events in a sequence implying that the formation of specific events or scenes should be set at actual times as well as actual places. A good narrative essay should also introduce detailed observations of places, events and even people. It should present vital changes, conflicts, creation of tension or contrasts. In addition, it should present the author’s point of view as well as focusing on the connection which is portrayed between past events, places or people and the present. The author should be able to communicate the main idea and the dominant impression (Tachibana, 1998).
In order for one to write an interesting narrative essay, effective strategies should be employed appropriately. First, one should plan it by selecting an interesting incident which seems commendable of writing about (D'Amico & Gallaway, 2009). By doing such an initiative a person is able to establish outstanding materials relevant to the incident. Secondly, the author should find the significance or relevance of the incident through asking themselves the events in the incident that provides a new insight as well as awareness. This move will enable the writer critically identify and examine all relevant events that should be included in the essay. In the final step, the writer should dredge up relevant and significant details aimed at making the incidents or events in the essay more real to the readers. If such strategies are employed in writing a narrative essay, it will enable the writer communicate their main ideas and focus on the connection between past events, places, and people to the present ones (Scholes, Phelan & Kellogg 2006). It is also very important for a person to note those narrative essays are always written in either first person and the third person only.
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Scholes, R. E., Phelan, J., & Kellogg, R. L. (2006). The nature of narrative. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tachibana, R. (1998). Narrative as counter-memory: A half-century of postwar writing in Germany and Japan. Albany: State Univ. of New York Press.