Writing a Narrative Essay

how to write a narrative essay

A narrative essay is a form of academic writing that is built around a narration of a certain event or situation. It is a short form of a narrative novel. Its main objective is to tell a story that it is both engaging and interesting to the reader. A narrative essay, more than any other type of essay, allows you to be creative as a writer.

Though a narrative essay might seem like a short story, narrative essays focus on personal experience, and is therefore non-fiction.

Steps for Writing a Narrative Essay

  1. Decide on a plot. You should never start writing your narrative essay before you come up with the plot for it.
  2. Do a sketch of events you plan to show in chronological order.
  3. When starting your introduction, begin by setting the scene for the situation you will narrate about. Here it is best to go into details and make the imagery as vivid and colorful as possible so that the readers will be able to clearly picture the setting in their minds.
  4. As you go into the main body paragraphs,

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Samples for Writing a Narrative Essay

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