Narrative essay tips
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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Narrative Essay Tips
How does your Narrative Essay differ
from other types of writing?
• It is a snapshot, not a movie
• It has a tight focus
• It is generally written in first person Point of
View (I, we, me, us…)
• It is sequential (chronological), set in a given
time and place.
• The characters are real people.
Purposes of the Narrative Essay
1. To create a sense of shared experiences
2. To entertain
3. To provide insight
4. To educate or inform
5. To reveal who you are to others
What is a Strong Verb?
Poor writing relies on adverbs and adjectives. Good writing relies on
verbs - strong verbs.
• 1) Strong verbs create visual images:
• Boring: The tiger ate the antelope.
• Better: The tiger devoured the antelope.
• Boring: The Buffalo injured the hunter.
• Better: The Buffalo gored the hunter.
• 2) Single verbs show better than verb/adverb combinations:
• Boring: He uses time wisely when writing essays.
• Better: He maximizes time when writing essays.
• Boring: The lion ferociously ate the gazelle.
• Better: The lion gobbled the gazelle (with bonus alliteration).
More About Strong Verbs
• 3) Be verbs (am, is, are, was, were, be, being, been) suck
the life out of your writing!
• Boring: He was bludgeoned by the boxer.
• Better: The boxer bludgeoned him.
• Boring: The pedestrian was run over by the school bus.
• Better: The school bus ran over the pedestrian.
• 4) Have/has/had combined with a noun encourage
readers to watch TV instead:
• Boring: I had an argument with the referee.
• Better: I argued with the referee
• Boring: I had a talk with my kids.
• Better: I scolded my kids.