Choose one of the following topics to write your own narrative essay. The topic you decide on should be something you care about, and the narration should be a means of communicating an idea that ties to the essay’s theme. Remember in this essay, the narration is not an end in itself.
- Gaining independence
- A friend’s sacrifice
- A significant trip with your family
- A wedding or a funeral
- A incident from family legend
THE WORLD AROUND YOU
- A storm, a flood, an earthquake, or another natural event
- A school event
- The most important minutes of a sporting event
LESSONS OF DAILY LIFE
- A time you confronted authority
- A time you had to deliver bad news
- Your biggest social blunder
- Your first day of school
- The first performance you gave
- A first date
Writing Your Narrative Essay
To get started writing your essay:
- Review “What is an Essay?”
- Take time to review possible subjects
- Use prewriting to help you narrow your topic to one experience.
Remember that “story starters” are everywhere. Think about it—status updates on social media websites can be a good place to start. You may have already started a “note”on Facebook, and now is your chance to develop that idea into a full narrative. If you keep a journal or diary, a simple event may unfold into a narrative. Simply said, your stories may be closer than you think!
When drafting your essay:
- Develop an enticing title – although don’t let yourself get stuck on the title. A great title might suggest itself after you’ve begun the prewriting and drafting processes.
- Use the introduction to establish the situation the essay will address.
- Avoid addressing the assignment directly. (For example, don’t write “I am going to write about my most significant experience,” because this takes the fun out of reading the work!)
- Think of things said at the moment this experience started for you—perhaps use a quote, or an interesting part of the experience that will grab the reader.
- Let the story reflect your own voice. (Is your voice serious? Humorous? Matter-of-fact?)
- Organize the essay in a way that
- Establishes the situation [introduction];
- Introduces the complication(s) [body]; and
- States the lesson you learned [conclusion]
- To avoid just telling what happens, make sure your essay takes time to reflect on why this experience is significant.