Sometimes the aim of the story-teller is simply to entertain, to provide a moment of escape from the business of the day or the horrors of the night, but sometimes the aim of the story-teller is to instruct, to help others in their understanding of something.
The best part of teaching in this way is that our listeners’ natural resistance to heeding the words of others is low and they are not always aware that they are being taught anything until it’s too late – we’ve got them.
The skills needed to narrate a story well are not entirely the same as the skills needed to write a good essay.
Some wonderful short fiction writers are not particularly good essayists and vice versa.
Both narrative and descriptive essays should follow essay format with an introductory paragraph, body paragraphs and a concluding paragraph.
At the end of the introduction, place a thesis, a sentence that explains the overall purpose of your paper.If you say that the tree is beautiful, your readers are put on the defensive: “Wait a minute,” they think. Show us a beautiful tree and we’ll believe.” Do not rely, then, on adjectives that attempt to characterize a thing’s attributes.– these are all useful adjectives in casual speech or when we’re pointing to something that is lovely, etc., but in careful writing they don’t do much for us; in fact, they sound hollow.In the following paragraph, taken from George Orwell’s famous anti-imperialist essay, “Shooting an Elephant,” see how the act of shooting the elephant delivers immense emotional impact. Notice, too, another truth about description: when time is fleeting, slow down the prose.What adjectives would you expect to find in a paragraph about an elephant? See how long the few seconds of the shooting can take in this paragraph.As you describe, you create a three-dimensional picture so your reader can experience the item, place, person or emotion along with the reading.Descriptive essay topics include your favorite place, your bedroom, your best friend, the most unusual object you own, an art exhibit, the best or worst teacher you ever had, your ideal job or dream home.The biggest difference between the two is that a narrative essay includes action, but the descriptive essay does not.Narration follows a logical order, typically chronological.She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado.Writing a narrative composition appeals to one of humankind’s basic instincts, the impulse to share stories.