How To Write Narrative

Narration is

This is every detail you want your readers to know or picture in their minds eye.

Narrative is engaging the senses by showing and telling the audience who what where when and why, and in a way that

Narrative is where the narrator tells the story by describing who, what, where, when , and why.

Characters tell their side of the story through dialogue.

Action is the description of what is

Each of the three are separate elements of writing, but combine to create an in depth experience for readers that causes them to feel as if they are actually in the story

Listed below is a tool that might help you write narrative, and a link the the website where it is explained in more depth.

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Show Don’t Tell

This is a general rule. The most powerful affect that a narrative can have, is making your readers feel like they are in the story. How do you do this?

Describe your story using great sensory words. Here are a few examples of each:

Sight: tarnished, gaudy, dim, radiant, blinding, obtuse, murky

Sound: crackle, burble, zip, rustle, thump, yelp, whine

Taste: ripe, rotten, zesty, raw, refreshing, sour, spicy, salty, sweet

Touch: Fuzzy, slippery, gritty, coarse, feverish, itchy, oily

Smell: rancid, foul, earthy, stagnant, moldy,

Click Here for an article that has a very detailed section for sensory words and their use

Word Efficiency

Make your writing concise. Say what you want to say with as few words as possible while being as clear as possible. Nobody wants to read a paragraph that can be summed up in a sentence. It take more time and effort than most people want to give.

Begin sentences with subjects and verbs. Basically, identify who is doing what first.

Either be more or less specific.

By being more specific you are telling the reader exact what to imagine. By being less specific you let the readers paint a picture of what they think is being described.

Generic example: They flew through clouds and over mountain tops as the sun was starting to set.

  • What colors did you envision without me telling you? What did the mountains look like?

Specific example: They flew through dense puffy orange clouds and over the tops of gray mountain ranges that had the tint of orange painted on them from the setting sun

  • Did you picture the setting a bit differently this time?

If you are somewhere in the middle, you give readers an impression of an idea without vivid details and also don’t leave it abstract enough for them to dream it for themselves.

If you get stuck on a description, it might be easier to forget about it and give a more general picture. You can always go back and add more specific details later.

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