Basic Format of a Narrative Essay
- Start the essay with a compelling hook that can grab your readers’ attention.
- Follow it up with 2-3 sentences that introduce your thesis statement.
- When including your thesis, ensure you write it vividly as it encourages your readers to understand the essence of your essay. Avoid including details of your story here.
Example: Although my brother and I do not often see eye-to-eye, I realized how more important he means to me after he fell horribly ill.
Body – Main Story
- Introduce each paragraph with a topic sentence. At the end of the paragraphs, try to insert transition sentences that lead to the next topic sentence up until the last paragraph.
Example: The day first started as usual; Later that day, my brother’s illness escalated and got the entire family more worried; After such a long day, his situation started to get better.
- Use the paragraphs in this section to discuss the details of your story. Like every good narrative, you have to write the beginning, middle, and end vividly.
- Provide one idea for each paragraph.
- Use descriptive language. May include figures of speech, sensory words, and vivid statements.
This is where you give the final impression. You should conclude in a way that your readers better understands the essence of having read your essay.
- Restate the importance of your thesis, but not verbatim.
Example: Although the day by brother got very sick was a terrible day for my family, it made us realize the importance of family relationships more.
- Summarize the main topics of your story.
- Expand on the significance of the experienced narrated. That is, tell readers the point of your story and its relevance in your life.
Example: This day may have been terrible, however, it is through certain terrible life events that people tend to value the best in life.