Narrative Essay Techniques

Narrative writing, or writing that tells a story, may come in the form of both fiction and nonfiction pieces.

Fiction narratives are very common and are found all throughout novels, books, and magazines.

You can build suspense by including odd or intriguing details in the story that doesn't make much sense or seem to be very out of place (for instance, a full plate of food on a table when no one was home to prepare it).

Likewise you can also build suspense by allowing a character to undergo a near-death or life-threatening experience (for example a fatal car accident in which they were only saved at the very last moment when all hope was lost).

For instance, you may need to provide your reader with a bit of background information on a topic to provide clarity to some issues or maybe a particular objective, concept, or idea needs to be reiterated or further explained.

When these situations arise writers may become overzealous and provide too many events or happenings to try to better 'drive' home the point or likewise may give the reader too many facts or details on a subject in an effort to properly explain or 'define' it.

Some writers fall short in enticing the reader due to deficiency in suspense building.

Likewise, foreshadowing is also a technique that is used to help build suspense in a story.

It can be very effective in both fiction and nonfiction stories.

Dialogue is a great tool to be used in narrative writing but should be done so with a bit of hindsight.

Every detail does not have to be explained in dialogue and long, drawn out conversation should be broken up into smaller more powerful segments to improve fluency and the overall quality of writing.

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