Narrative essays evoke emotion in those who read them.
As the author of a narrative, your job is to not only deliver a factual account of a deeply personal event, but to also convey to your readers what the aftermath of that event was – and you must do so in a way that leaves your readers with something of value.
A narrative essay is just as it sounds – an essay that tells a story.
Not just any story though, narrative essays are experiential, circumstantial, personal and always factual.
In the conceptualization phase, writers are asked to call upon past experiences that correlate to the theme of their assignment.
Topic examples might be ‘write about overcoming a fear’ or ‘write about rekindling a friendship.’ When choosing an experience to share, be mindful of the fact that even seemingly insignificant events have the potential to make for a superior narrative paragraph if it is meaningful to you – we speak passionately about the things that we are emotionally connected to!
Like the stories you're used to reading, a narrative essay is generally (but not always) chronological, following a clear throughline from beginning to end.
Even if the story jumps around in time, all the details will come back to one specific theme, demonstrated through your choice in motifs.
This is the part of the process where you will reread your narrative and correct any errors in grammar or spelling.
It may be helpful to have someone else read over your piece for you to provide a fresh view before the final product is delivered.