Writing Narrative Essays

Narrative writing and narrative papers are unique in one sense-the writing and the narrative papers are done from the definitive point of view of the author of the work. Thus, narrative papers are like some kind of story telling, because the narration heavily relies on the personal experiences that feature in the author’s mind. Another distinct feature within narrative papers is that they can incorporate approaches from other types of essays papers such as expository essays, descriptive essays, illustration essays and many more. All these features are allowed for incorporation as one tries to explain him/herself or rather the personal views lodged in his or her mind. A narrative paper must feature an event because there is no way a person can narrate about another person. This single important factor determines how the whole essay is to go. The fact that the readership to your narrative paper never had access to your adventures of narration you as an author have to create a vivid and clear mental picture about all your ordeals. Thus sequencing becomes an essential aspect in writing of narrative papers. Narrative papers should have a clear sequence of events through which the readership can be able to flow along with you in time. For example if your narrative paper is about an event that began on Monday and went through to Friday the narration within the narration paper has to flow sequentially i.e. from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday through to Friday. An explanation that jumbles up events of days in a non-sequential manner is unlikely to earn you a good score at all. The importance of sequencing in narrative papers is to allow your readers to flow alongside your narration as they create their own mental picture about your story, failure to do so may leave them confused and they may be unable to grasp what you try to pass across. This is a great undoing the writing of narrative papers, because lack of a proper flow makes your readers lose interest in the story, and as such they may stop reading it. This can prove to be disastrous in the evaluation phase, because if the evaluator does not finish reading your work, no matter how well written it was towards the end there may be no better score for you. Additionally, a narrative paper should have a lot of descriptive work, illustrations as well as explanations and vivid creation of mental pictures. Remember, a narrative paper tells about experiences that only you know about, and thus they have to be made clear through your wording for the readers to have a visualized experience of the happenings of places being mentioned. Narrative papers should thus make good use of examples, figurative language, similes and foremost make a rich use of adjectives in making the explanations within a narrative paper. Narrative papers are common in lower grades of learning and high school and they are less likely to be found in higher institutions of learning. Narrative papers take on the usual essay format that is applicable in the writing of most academic papers. This format includes the introduction, the body and the conclusion. The introduction simply states what is to be narrated and the body offers the full narration while the conclusion gives a conclusive statement about the narrative paper. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=673509&ca=Writing

Writing A First-Person Narrative

If you are fun of reading a lot of writing piece, I guess you are a bit familiar to how each writer uses their style and techniques in writing. You might even distinguish the way a writer could write his or her piece down. There are writings where a writer uses a third person to state something about the topic. In this case, it is usually done when creating a research paper or a school thesis. There are also piece of writings where the author uses a lot of people as characters of his content whether it can be a non-fiction or fictional writing. This can elaborate further what his or her topic is all about and for us, readers; to understand the writer’s message and idea about the topic. But then, I bet you are also familiar with a first person writing style? This is usually done when a writer is trying to tell us something base on his experience or to his own point of view and to what the message is all about. In creative writing, the first person narrative is a popular format for its ability to create an immediate connection with the audience. With the writer playing the main actor, it’s easy to get deeply personal, allowing you to engage readers’ emotions without requiring much setup. This kind of writing really conveys the message directly to the readers since it is presented in a more realistic manner. It is quite different from other forms of writing especially from other type of narrative writing since this is base on the author’s perspective. However, there is also a slight disadvantage while creating this kind of a writings since the writer will surely keep on repeating the word “I” in his or her sentences unless the writer knows how control the flow of their content. Since the piece is spoken directly in the character’s voice, it is automatically strong, allowing the reader to decide whether they can relate to the protagonist’s position or not. As a direct way into their affectations, it can either compel them to keep reading or dissuade them from proceeding. Either way, it’s a powerful medium for creating a personal connection. That’s not to say that a first-person narrative doesn’t come with its own set of drawbacks. The style limits the ability for description. After all, you are speaking from the point of view of the actor, thrust right in the midst of everything that’s happening around you. While that limits the amount of imagery you can set (such as describing your own appearance, which is odd), it also opens the door for greater use of the reader’s imagination. Additionally, first-person narratives are usually limited in the level at which they can explore other characters in the story. You can’t delve too deep unless there is a logical relationship in place. As such, many of the accompanying ideas you relay in the protagonist’s voice can be just as much conjecture as actual truths. While that may present an obstacle, good writers can use it as an opportunity to create mystery and surprise. If you own a good writing software, chances are it incorporates some of the style elements of first-person narratives among its proofreading functions. While they’ll never take the place of a thorough editor experienced in fashioning narratives into pristine pieces of prose, they do help, so don’t hesitate to use them. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=458918&ca=Writing

Changing The Narrative

I remember growing up and hearing the stories by older people in my family about the kind of life they had compared to mine. Maybe you have heard the, “walking to school barefoot in the snow uphill both ways” stories, as well. It has been my experience that each generation of people has their own narratives about life and how to approach things. In earlier times in America, the rugged individual concept guided many a generation. Today it has changed, but the idea of having a narrative remains. We often use narratives to help us stay on track. They become a value system that guide us and hold us accountable to ourselves. Most of the time, the narratives are harmless and beneficial. Unfortunately, in the addictive world they tend to feed the addiction we struggle with. Often times an addicted person creates the narrative to justify the using or drinking. A person can become the victim. In this scenario, the person meets circumstances that are so overwhelming and perplexing they can stagger the mind. Often in this case the addicted person spends an inordinate amount of time creating a story, time and again, to give the “reason” for using. The stories become so convincing and real to the alcoholic or addict that it is difficult for them to see past it. Whatever the narrative might be, it is important to break its spell if it is feeding the disease of addiction. How does one do this? The twelve steps identify how working a spiritual program can break the narrative and reformat our thinking in all areas of our lives. The Big Book talks about having “vital spiritual experiences”…that are…”huge emotional displacements and rearrangements. Ideas, emotions, and attitudes which were once the guiding forces of the lives… are suddenly cast to one side, and a completely new set of conceptions and motives begin to dominate them.” (pg. 27 in the abridged Big Book). When this happens, the narratives begin to change. How is your spiritual program? Are you spending enough time with your Higher Power for that to happen? Spirituality can give you another paradigm to live by. It can change your whole perspective on life. Let us look at the example above. Spirituality can help us see our part in our lives and ask our Higher Power for help and change so we don’t repeat the same patterns in life. Spirituality allows us to see outside ourselves to the bigger world of service and selflessness, where we can live the principle of forgiveness instead of living in the poison of resentment. Spirituality can help us practice acceptance and tolerance rather than staying in the frustration. My prayer is that you begin working your spiritual program earnestly and look for the opportunities where the God of your understanding can give you spiritual eyes to see by and perhaps live that sober life. Allow God to reformat the narrative of the past with a new and empowered perspective. Then perhaps you can find a new narrative of hope and peace. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=1240655&ca=Wellness%2C+Fitness+and+Diet

How to Edit a Narrative

Writing a narrative needs a deep understanding and good writing skills in order to make it work and look good and effective. It may require a lot of time but if the writer knows well about the topic, if he find it very interesting or if he had involved such experience about it in his life, then it will be much easier for him to write a complete and very interesting narrative writing. Narrative writing is not that complicated however, a writer should also use some flowery words to describe the situation very closely and enough for the audience to visualize what the topic is all about. It also requires a much creative mind and the ability to record down such ideas and string points to share it with your audiences. As you can see, writing a narrative is like watching a movie. It has its own scenery and actions that took place in your writing. Therefore, all details and ideas should be written in an organize manner. if you already finished your first draft in narrative writing, all you need to do is to edit it from the start. Read it first and read it all over again if necessary. This will ensure you to think about the possible ways whether you need to add up something or omit any unnecessary words in your content. Besides, your main goal also in editing a piece of content is to check or look for possible writing errors, spellings, punctuations and any grammatical errors. It may do involve a lot of steps but it will be worth the effort if you’ve done everything you could in writing narrative. Editing a narrative, while similar to the work you put in on other pieces of text, will require you to do some things differently. Since it’s pushed by characters and events, as opposed to ideas, reworking it to produce results often involve things you may not even bother with when editing materials like essays or reports. Of course, some of the work will be familiar. You’ll need to eliminate redundant words, repetitive phrases and unnecessarily recurrent ideas, apart from sticking to an active voice than passive writing. You can use good grammar software to help you with some of these. Additionally, though, you’ll have to look out for some tricky stuff. Because narratives can involve describing events through actions, thoughts, dialogue and other means, it’s possible that the same scene can be repeated numbers of times. In the case of narratives, once is usually enough. The ideal path is to leave the action part in while discarding the rest. Back-story is necessary for some narratives. With others, however, it’s just superfluous. While reading through the work, consider how much of it can be removed without affecting the cohesiveness of the story. As you go through the text, look for items in the narrative that don’t perform any necessary action, such as building a character or moving the plot forward. Tidbits of information might be nice, but if you’re editing to limit the word count, they can probably be spared. Same goes with cute dialogue, irrelevant characters and amusing events. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=489987&ca=Writing

Ned the Narrative

I fondly remember the first time I took a ride in Ned’s 1989 Buick LeSabre. The car offered a comfortable allotment of legroom, the seats were electronically adjustable, and the interior smelled of cashews. Waking up that morning, I never would have dreamed that I would be joining Ned on this memorable car ride. Upon arriving home from work, I checked my mail, and whilst checking my mailbox I couldn’t help but notice from the corner of my eye, Ned creeping up my block in his geriatric hot rod. We briefly exchanged pleasantries, and I just hopped in. I didn’t know where we were going, and as it turned out, I certainly didn’t know where Ned was capable of taking me. Ned casually adjusted his rearview mirror, put on his right turn indicator, and we turned right. As soon as the speedometer hit 26 mph, Ned initiated cruise control. He had told me once that his Buick was able to achieve 40 miles to the gallon at this low cruising velocity. I took Ned’s word for it, and embraced my surroundings as they passed by me. It was Autumn. Ned reached out with an outstretched finger and depressed the ‘on’ button which protruded from the LeSabre’s wood-grain accented stereo console. Public radio commentary spewed from the speakers. With great ease, Ned rotated the treble knob, and reduced the volume to a barely perceptible whisper. I watched Ned in awe as he manned his componentry. Ned looked over to me for a moment, possibly seeking approval. I graciously nodded, and he took my nonverbal compliment in stride. As we prowled through various local neighborhoods, I noticed Ned’s constant adherence to the “10 and 2” rule. Outside of toggling between several preset AM radio stations, Ned’s hand positioning never wavered. Each impending turn was executed with flawless precision. I peered down upon the matching midnight blue floorboards and noticed several books on tape. Ned noticed that I had noticed his smattering of audio books on cassette, and he slightly crinkled his upper lip. I immediately understood that I had discovered one of Ned’s guilty pleasures. I saw the wanton look in Ned’s eyes, and purely by deductive assumption, I asked if we may venture a listen to one of these books on tape. Ned earnestly replied, “of course.” To my astonishment, I learned that the first (and later subsequent) audio books were voiced by Ned himself. It was on this day that I learned that my long time LeSabre driving neighbor was also a professional Narrator. I had previously thought he was a man of few words, but after hearing his succulent voice glide through world renown Children’s books, I knew I was in the presence of a true genius. He made me truly believe that Dumbo could fly, he made me want Pinocchio to become a real boy. He captured all of these things without the previously necessary aid of color illustration. His casual, yet passionate delivery was of a quality I never knew could be achieved. Ned was a talent from a genre I never thought existed. Sadly, and true to all great experiences, this one also came to an end. Ned eventually dropped me off at my place of residence, and coasted away to his two bedroom apartment in which I now knew reeked of adroit brilliance. That was the last time I saw Ned. He apparently made his millions on audio adaptations of Little Golden Books, and left this 2 LeSabre town behind, but not before leaving me with an invaluable experience in culture and an indelible lesson in life. Published at: https://www.isnare.com/?aid=778951&ca=Writing

What Is Personal Narrative Examples

Personal narration is an amazing way to demonstrate and share your life experiences with others. Personal narrative topics always deal with the things related to personal life of the writer. You enclose things that occur around you.

The end goal of writing a personal narration is to give it a life or sense that produces an effect on the readers. Remember, a good narration always creates dramatic effects on the readers either make them laugh or give them pleasure or fright.

Personal narratives by high school students or personal narratives written by teens may have different stories based on their life experiences and age. However, the basic structure and method are always the same.
Structure of a Personal Narrative Sample

Personal experiences or narrative stories can be written in different ways. The three most commonly adaptive structures include chronological approach, reflective approach or flashback sequence. Your selection for the structure always depends on the story you are going to tell. A brief description of each structure is described here,
Chronological Approach

While telling personal narratives in chronological approach, you get a start from the very beginning and gradually cover all the relevant incidents till present day.
Reflective Approach

In this type of personal narration, you response all the situations, experiences and events occurred with you. In this method you demonstrate the events in a way as to explore different questions.
Flashback Sequence

This approach deals with a chronological development of narration. The event you are supposed to enclose has to be related with some earlier event.
Sample Personal Narrative Story: An Example
My Mother by Lori Ann Proust

“She is understanding and always there for me. She listens and is full of positive support. I am lucky to have someone who is both a close friend and a mother. Not everyone has this kind of a relationship.

I could find endless words in the thesaurus to describe my mother, but the one word that stands out above the rest is “incredible.” She has cared for me and my family throughout my whole life. When I was growing up, she always did my laundry, took me to dancing lessons and the orthodontist for eight years, made me breakfast and my lunch for school every day without fail, took my sister to field hockey, sewed my clothes, typed my papers, cooked for the family, cleaned the house, did all the yard work, and was happily married. I don’t know how she managed to do all of these things so well and still have time for herself.

My mother is my sole support system. Whenever something exciting happens or there is a crisis in my life, she is the first person I turn to. I have seen many friends come and go in my life, but my mother is different. For eighteen years of my life, she has always been there for me. No matter the distance between us, we always are close. She understands me and knows me better than anyone else I know. She doesn’t make demands nor does she pressure me with school and my future. She has complete faith and trust in me that I am doing the right thing with my life. I make her happy by letting her know I am happy and like who I am and where my life is taking me”.

How the diglot weave narratives are used today

The Diglot Weave narratives were first developed in Russia.
The Diglot weave narratives are the key to rapid language learning.Today the best language courses use modern versions of these extrodinary methods.

The best vocal language courses use a system where foreign words are repeated at regular intervals.This technique programs the new words deeper and deeper into your long term memory.

Note the vocal methods are just that, vocal.There’s not distracting pictures, no bells and whistles, and no silly gimmicks.For the real key to learning any new language is primarily speech.

The reading versions of diglot weave narratives today, use entertaining stories.It works like this;
You read the stories in your own language, with the foreign words at first sprinkled within sentences.You first listen to the recorded story on CD or tape.Then you read the story out aloud.There are no long winded explanations of what the new foreign words mean, you learn the meanings through context.As your confidence builds more words are added.
Until you reach the stage where you are reading aloud full foreign stories and understanding everything.

These methods are so entertaining you will repeat them again and again each time improving in language speaking / reading ability.

The majority of language courses consist of model sentences where you are expected to learn by rote.
Now how many times do you want to read or speak the same phrase over and over again until you become bored? Or attend language schools where they cram your mind with grammar rules and tons of homework / paperwork?Or where you have to sit silly written exams? No wonder the majority of people give up.They’re bored stiff!

Most of these online – internet- commercial courses have a similar problem.They are equally boring.

With the modern Diglot Weave methods you will find that you are able to create your own sentences.
Without textbooks or phrasebooks.

Most important, you will be able to use your new language in a way that works for you!

The Gospel of Thomas-Discovering a Different Christianity

Of all the texts discovered at Nag Hammadi in 1945, the Gospel of Thomas is undoubtedly among the most accessible and well-known. Scholars now feel there’s good reason to believe this compilation of Jesus’ “wisdom sayings” dates back as far as the New Testament gospels. The book feels familiar in many ways because several of the sayings have parallels in the New Testament, but the direction taken by the Gospel of Thomas is decidedly different.

The way the book is formatted tells us a great deal. Thomas is strictly a collection of wisdom sayings, parables and stories with almost no narrative information. In this sense, Thomas is very similar to the lost Sayings Gospel of Q that much of Matthew and Luke are based on. Scholars feel that these “sayings gospels” are probably the original style of writing that circulated among early Christians. Why is that important?

The New Testament gospels are written in a persuasive narrative style that was designed to focus on the person of Jesus and convince readers that they should believe in him as a messiah and savior. The narrative style also directs the reader’ attention and tells them what conclusions they should come. On the other hand, the series of sayings presented in Thomas are interactive; they require the reader to tease out their own meaning. The difference between sayings gospels and narrative styles signals a significant shift in focus from the message to the messenger.

Instead of focusing on Jesus, both the Greek and Coptic versions of Thomas open by saying, “These are the hidden sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Judas Thomas the Twin recorded. And he said, ‘Whoever discovers the interpretation of these sayings will not taste death.’” Instead of pointing to Jesus as a savior, the reader is instructed to take personal responsibility and seek out the meaning of Jesus’ words for themselves. In other words, the listener is supposed to become their own savior.

To Christians who have been taught that Jesus was either the only begotten son of God, or part of a Trinitarian Godhead, these statements might seem quite surprising. But gnostic Christian writers, along with the authors of Thomas, Q and the New Testament gospel of Mark all speak of Jesus in fully human terms. In fact, an extremely heated argument raged over Jesus’ humanity or divinity for centuries after his death. The question of Jesus’ nature has important implications for all of us, which are made clear in Thomas.

If we examine the New Testament gospels in the order in which they were written, a steady change in Jesus’ persona becomes apparent. He begins as a human wisdom teacher or prophet, becomes a human adopted by God, is changed into a demigod (½ human, ½ god) by followers who were formerly pagan, becomes a God in his own right in the New Testament Gospel of John, and is finally made equal to the God of the Old Testament by the trinity doctrine that was enforced by the Roman Emperor Theodosius.

During this transition, the institutionalized church came to the conclusion that without a divine intercessor, humans were beyond salvation. But other early Christians maintained that the human Jesus was an example all humans could follow and eventually each of us could have a direct, personal relationship with the Divine, just as Jesus did.
Although the New Testament is focused on identifying Jesus as the messiah, in Thomas, the term is not used. But many of Jesus’ followers were convinced that a longed for messiah would crush their enemies and literally establish God’s kingdom on the earth. Certain Jesus was the messiah, the asked “When will the kingdom come?” Instead of giving signs, in Thomas Jesus informs them that a messiah is not needed because “The Father’s kingdom is spread out upon the earth, and people do not see it.” When they asked “When will the new world come?” He tells them, “What you look for has come, but you do not know it.”

The name given to the book also says a great deal about Jesus’ humanity. Several gnostic writings are attributed to “Thomas” because the name meant “twin.” Some Christians believe Thomas was Jesus’ literal twin brother, but the symbolic use of the name by gnostic writers suggests that each reader who comes to an understanding of Jesus’ words becomes his twin and shares his connection with the Divine. In Thomas, Jesus makes this point when he says, “Whoever drinks from my mouth will become like me; I myself shall become that person, and the hidden things will be revealed to the person.”

Jesus’ sayings offered living water, but he also emphasized that we must drink it ourselves. When we quench our spiritual thirst by contemplating the words of Jesus, we’re taking responsibility for our own spiritual awakening, not relying on a savior. Like water, Jesus’ words were meant to be ingested, to become part of our being.
Copyright © Lee and Steven Hager