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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.

  1. 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.
  2. Draft

    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.
  3. 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.
  4. Revision

    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.

Common Mistakes

  1. Use simple past or past continuous tense to narrate your experience.
  2. Narrate the events in chronological order or you can use a flash back technique (showing / recalling a set of events)
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