How To Write A Narrative: Try it out!
Everyone has been nervous at some time in her life. Think of when you felt really nervous. Where were you? What were you going to have to do or what was going on? What did you see and hear? What did you feel like? Was anyone else with you? What did you do, and how did you feel after it was all over?
You are to write a five-paragraph essay about a time you were nervous.
Take the time to plan the essay by doing the following:
1. Choose your main idea. Build your essay around a central point, a main idea that your story explains. You want to capture a truth about your life and use the story, the narrative experience, to show how you changed or grew because of that experience. If it was meaningful to you, then it will be meaningful to readers as well.
2. Provide a good opening so the reader will become interested. See if you can also include details about the setting in your opening.
3. Choose how you are going to develop the essay and write down which main points that you are going to use.
4. What do you want to say about each main point or event? Choose wisely so that you emphasize the most important parts with specific details. How are you going to make the reader feel he is seeing or feeling what’s happening along with you. Write down those details.
5. How are you going to make a transition from one paragraph to the other? Are you going to do it in the last sentence of the paragraphs or the first? Remember to use transition words.
6. How are you going to conclude or end your narrative? How can you summarize your main idea in a way that is memorable for readers?
7. Read over and check the paragraphs for the following: Spelling errors, punctuation errors, grammar errors, lack of variety in sentence structure, inclusion of sentence fragments, and lack of sensory detail. Once you’ve corrected those mistakes, you have written a narrative essay!