Take a break from the academic writing and start writing something creative like a narrative essay. It is much easier to set a topic for your narrative essay. Recall your memorable moments in life or fantasize a new scenario. Of course, you still have to follow the narrative structures to make your output sound good.
A narrative essay includes characters and experiences that uses only a single motif. It consists of a dialogue that makes it look like composing a short story. The only difference is that a narrative essay follows a specific format while short story doesn’t have one. The topics may depend on your what you want to talk about and upon the request of your literary adviser. For example, you are given a task to write about an experience where you are able to achieve something you are really proud of. How are you going to write it?
There are elements that we should also consider in making a narrative essay.
Narrative essays usually contain five paragraphs. It follows a standard format to keep the unity and organization of the whole structure. It contains the three basic parts namely the introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion.
Best Summer Memory of my Childhood
Written by Nicholas Klacsanzky
When I was 11 years old, I attended a Unitarian church camp for a summer vacation with my family. It was a pleasant area, with the Puget Sound not far away, grass fields, many old-style wooden buildings, an expansive forest, and an elongated pond between the road and the camp. Deer and other wildlife regularly visited the grounds. It was an ideal place to forget your worries and the routine of common life. As an 11-year-old boy, it was a place for me to meet my friends, and maybe fall in love with a girl. However, this summer camp was more spiritual than others—not because of a religious message, but because I had an awakening at the camp that year.
I had been going to this summer retreat almost every year since I was very young. But somehow, this year was different. It seemed my mind and soul was ripe for a transformation. I recorded my first poem in my 11th year, and I seemed more introspective than usual. I was less interested in playing and joking around with my friends. I was searching for answers to deep questions about life and God.
While walking down a path next to a grass field leading to the camp’s cafeteria, suddenly my vision changed. The grass was shining, the texture of the bark of trees was lucid, and each detail around me seemed like it was the first time I was seeing. In a sense, it was a feeling of rebirth. In church, there is talk of baptism, which is more of a ritual than anything else, in my opinion. The real baptism is an inner transformation. But back to the experience, this natural baptism came spontaneously. No effort was put into it. It was like a light was switched on in my consciousness, and I saw everything as new again. This sight was accompanied by a fresh sense of peace—a mental silence that I had not experienced before. Also, joy was coursing through my being at the exhilaration of such a happening.
From that moment, the world around me and within me was never the same. The only problem was that I was too young to fully grasp what had happened. In fact, I thought I was some sort of prophet. Seeing a tarot card reader only made the issue worse. Through the reading, I thought I was “the victory of the people,” and someone no one else was like. However, there were many other people who had the same experience—I just did not know this at that tender age. Later in life, I learned there are many people just like me, and that I was not all that special.
What I learned from this experience is that baptism, or spiritual rebirth, is a spontaneous happening, and not done only from the hand of a priest. Also, I learned about getting a spiritual ego, where you think you are important based on spiritual experiences. My natural baptism and my knowledge of spiritual ego has allowed me to gain much in life: more creativity, inner peace, and how to be humble in the face of achievements.
You don’t have to use formal words. Narrative essays are written artistically.
Yes. Narrative essays are first taught and practiced in school. It can be used for academic purposes.
It depends on the writer and the requirement of the literary adviser.