Narrative Writing Skills
Concept: Narrating an Incident
Narrating an incident constitutes the writer’s narration about a real-life incident or experience. Readers enjoy a story that captures the imagination. Not only the story is good, it also conveys a meaning.
Five Steps to Narrate an Incident
Let us see how to narrate an incident using the five-step writing process.
- Jotting down points
Add points with the following information:
- Choose a topic,
- recall details,
- including the season, year, people
- setting involved.
- Give a suitable Title.
When creating the initial draft of a narrative essay, follow the outline, yet focus on making the story interesting.
- Personal narratives are usually written in the first person to engage the reader. Add the characters.
- Use vivid descriptions to involve the reader, rather than inform. Arrange the details in sequence, add emotions.
- Start with answering ‘Wh’ Question Words to narrate your experience which includes What? Why? Where? When?
- Make a plan of your narrative with Topic words.
- Then transform Topic Words into sentences to form a proper paragraph.
- Add dialogues
“I am happy,” she said.
- Note spoken words are put in quotation marks.
- The first word in the quotation must be capitalized.
- Add a comma before closing the quotations.
- If asking a question add a question mark.
Students must review, alter, and if needed rearrange their work to make it the best possible.
- Consider whether the progress of the story is easy to understand.
- Ensure that transitions words are used appropriately
- Ensure intricate details have been used
- Proofread for spelling, grammar and punctuation errors. If required, edit the narrative to enhance style and clarity.
- Use simple past or past continuous tense to narrate your experience.
- Narrate the events in chronological order or you can use a flash back technique (showing / recalling a set of events)