Some Do's And Don'ts For Narrative Essay Writing

When compared to persuasive and informational essays, narrative essays present an entirely different set of issues. All too often, students are stumped when they have to combine the skill or storytelling with organized essay writing. While persuasive essays and informational essays have formulas that are easy for students to follow, narrative essays are more artistic in nature. The art of narrative essay writing is what leaves many students feeling completely clueless about what to write.

To help make narrative essay writing more accessible, here are some “do’s and don’ts” to get your started:

  • Do: Tell your story. When you tell your story, you are free to embellish. Your readers will not know, so have a little fun with it.
  • Don’t: Only tell your story. The essay part of “narrative essay” writing means that you need to evaluate the story and what you have learned. If you are just telling your story, you have not written an essay.
  • Do: Make connections. Your readers will want to see how this story has affect you and what they can learn from it. Your connections can be to real life events and emotional states of being.
  • Don’t: Ramble. No one wants to read on and on and on about the unimportant details. While details are necessary to bringing the story to life, too many details can be overkill. Keep your readers interested. Try not to put them to sleep.
  • Do: Appeal to emotions. Make your readers feel something. The emotion they feel doesn’t really matter, as long as they can feel it. Yes, you are writing an essay, but your essay should not be boring. (That’s the only emotion you should avoid helping your writer feel.)
  • Don’t: Stick just to writing the five-paragraph essay. You can write dialogue. Your paragraphs can be long and short. The length of the paragraphs and sentences should be designed to move the story along, not stall it in overly nwritten paragraphs.
  • Do: Comment on the side. Your job is to share your story and what you have learned. If you do not comment, your readers will not be able to see how you have grown as a person. The comments you make bring your voice to life. Those comments will help the readers feel the emotions you are trying to convey.
  • Don’t: Forget to meet the assignment requirements. It is easy to get caught up in the story. Have fun with it, but don’t forget about the fact that you are going to earn a grade on the essay.

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