Write Narrative Essays As Stephen King Writes

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What is a Narrative Essay?

A Narrative Essay is where you use creative writing to write an essay communicating an idea or a lesson to the reader. In such an essay, an essay writer uses creative skills, takes out the full range of pallet and vibrant characters, and stories.

Narrative essays are written from the author's point of view and are like short stories, usually following a story. Exposition leading to rising action up to the climax, followed by action falling down to a final resolution -- a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Stephen King's book, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is one of the best guides to the Dos and Don'ts of Creative Writing. This article will arm you with his writing advice, so you can write an excellent Narrative Essay.

Make the story about a person Not an Event

Strong characters drive a story as a reader loves to get attached to characters. Writing about events involves lots of characters that might cloud your protagonist. It may also inform the reader that the character is secondary to the event and might not wholeheartedly follow the character's narrative throughout the essay.

Passive Sentences

Imagine your instructor asking you, "Did everyone write the essay themselves?"

And among the natural answers of, "Yes we did!" or "Yes, we did write it ourselves," your voice booms out loud:

"Yes! the essay was written by me."

Surely a hush must follow upon hearing such a 'grandiose' utterance.

The point is that a passive sentence is not our natural voice, not how we speak in a day to day conversation. Yeah, passive voice has its benefits but none in creative writing.

Make the character do things, and not done upon the character. What kind of characters drive a story when they can't even drive the sentences actively.

Avoid Adverbs

Stephen like every writer believes that one should do without the adverbs. Do with the words and the progression of the writing what adverbs would do dangling after a weak verb.

Another pitfall of using an adverb is when writing dialogue: 'he said forcefully' or 'she said loudly'.

One can do without the adverbs and simply revealed the emotion through the narration. Or if you really have to show you can substitute it with verbs: 'He emphasized' or 'her voice boomed''.

If you end up using an adverb, strike it out during the revision and look for a verb that is strong on its own-- that doesn't need a describing word.

Don't Over Describe

Remember you are writing an essay, not a Novel! It is important to paint a vibrant picture in the mind of the reader, but never overdo it to snap the reader out of touch with your fictional characters. Keep the descriptions short, letting the characters take the main stage with their action pacing the story forward.

Read Good Write Good

Remember the last time when a promise moved? Try to evoke the same emotions out of your readers. If you are reading good books than you are capable of writing good ones too. Writing is the process of transferring the rapture from various books to your own.

Writing is Mostly Rewriting,

Writing is mostly Rewriting, no one gets it right the first time. It is, therefore, better advised to fill up the page in front of you without the fear of getting it wrong. It is after you write for yourself, that you can edit the writing for others to read.

When you begin writing its important to pen down the ideas as they come, even in fragments. Most writers disregard the use of rhetoric during the initial process as they are only concerned with jotting it all down.

Stephen King says: "Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open."

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