Types of Papers: Narrative/Descriptive
To write a narrative essay, you’ll need to tell a story (usually about something that happened to you) in such a way that he audience learns a lesson or gains insight.
To write a descriptive essay, you’ll need to describe a person, object, or event so vividly that the reader feels like he/she could reach out and touch it.
Tips for writing effective narrative and descriptive essays:
Tell a story about a moment or event that means a lot to you—it will make it easier for you to tell the story in an interesting way!
Get right to the action! Avoid long introductions and lengthy descriptions—especially at the beginning of your narrative.
Make sure your story has a point! Describe what you learned from this experience.
Use all five of your senses to describe the setting, characters, and the plot of your story. Don’t be afraid to tell the story in your own voice. Nobody wants to read a story that sounds like a textbook!
How to Write Vivid Descriptions
Having trouble describing a person, object, or event for your narrative or descriptive essay? Try filling out this chart: