Narrative Essay Writing- 10 helpful Tips

Writing narrative essays is common for many people who have to write papers as part of the college courses. Basically, a narrative essay is when you tell a story to the reader. You can tell story about a person, a special place, an item that is important to you, or a particular event that happened to you. Here are some tips to help you write your narrative paper.

  1. Tell the story in chronological order. A story that is out of order is confusing and doesn’t make sense, so make sure you tell your reader things as they happened and keep the order flowing in the logical progression.
  2. When you are writing a narrative paper you should not skip important points. Make sure the reader knows how you got from point A to point C. If a point can be assumed that is find but make sure the reader can make sense of your story.
  3. If you are talking about a person be sure to describe their looks, actions, and behaviors so the reader can learn more about them and what they are like.
  4. If you are talking about a particular place that is important to you, talk about it in details for the reader will be able to understand why it is special to you and why you want to share your story about it.
  5. If you are talking about a certain item then you will want to make sure the reader understands all about that item, what it is like, what it does, and why it is important to you.
  6. If you are talking about a special event that happened to you then make sure you describe what you did, what happened to you, and how it impacted you.
  7. Keep things interesting so that your reader will pay attention to what you have to say and you also want to say something interesting and show them something new, interesting, or help them learn something.
  8. Remember that quality is often better than quantity. Something you will have a word count limit but if you do not, make sure you write enough that you address the question or topic of the paper but that you do not go overboard with your word count.
  9. Do not be afraid of doing several drafts of your essay before you turn it in to your instructor. Very few people can turn in their first draft and get a good grade- it usually takes 2-3 drafts to get it just right and fix all the errors.
  10. Have fun. If you can have fun with the assignment it is easier to write and you are more likely to do your best work when you enjoy the topic and what you are writing.