When you read a book or watch a movie, what is it that keeps you hooked on to it till the end? The plot, the actions, the sequence? Yes, we all can agree on that. It is when you combine all of this together, it becomes a story. So, in other words, a good story makes you read the book or watch the movie. But, behind this good story is the narrative writing that makes all of it enjoyable. If you take a look around yourself, there are stories everywhere. And a good narrative writer can just take one or combine all of them to write a story that satisfies its readers.
Now you must be wondering what use will narrative writing be for you if you are not a author, novelist, poet, teacher or the likes. But trust me when I say, narrative writing is a great skill to have no matter whatever your background is. It not only improves your writing skills, but it also improves your grammatical sense, concentration, ability to observe things and lots more. These things surely help out in other fields, don’t they?
But, are the students taught how to improve their narrative writing skills? Yes, they surely are. But do the children concentrate enough? Many teachers and parents will deny. So, if you are interested in encouraging your children to pay more interest in narrative writing, shouldn’t you know the reasons for its importance? Read on to find out why the skill of narrative writing is important.
Reasons Why Narrative Writing Is A Good Skill To Have
It Fosters Creativity
Right from their Kindergarten time children are encouraged to express their creativity via drawings. But why not push them towards writing in order to do so? It will not only help them improve their creativity but they will also learn new words, new skills and will put in effort to make their writing skills better right from a tender age.
As they proceed towards their elementary school, you can also encourage them to write dialogue narratives. This will help to improve their conversational skills. And since their creativity is already in flow, you never know they might even grow up to be the next Shakespeare!
Improves Their Reading Skills
When your child is taking interest in writing, he or she will automatically get inclined towards reading more and more books. You will see them range between fiction and non-fiction, adventurous and historical etc. This habit helps to improve their vocabulary and also improves their writing skills. Besides this, narrative writing also helps them understand the stories better, thus allowing their creativity to flow in a better path when they sit to pen down things.
Develops A Better Understanding Of Language / Languages
When you are into narrative writing you use the most common words in a creative way. You also use language in a way others never could have imagined. You get better in using metaphors, imagery, symbolism, alliteration, onomatopoeia, hyperbole and lots of other devices of the language. This helps you to connect words in a very different manner, makes your flow better and gives you the power of observing even the smallest of things that otherwise go unnoticed. So, whether you are appearing for an exam or for an interview, you will know your way with words and can impress the other person with it.
Yes, knowledge is important. But knowing the proper way of presenting that knowledge attractively is equally important. Plus, when your children grow up and choose to read books written by the greatest authors and poets, they will never have a problem with understanding any complicated word. Their vocabulary and skills will back them up.
Helps You Understand Different Kinds Of Narratives
The way a journalist writes, the way a poet writes, the way an author writes or the way a blogger writes – all of these are completely different from each other. How? They not only use different vocabularies, but they also use different writing patterns, different devices and different levels of emotions.
If your narrative writing skills are precise, you will be able to differentiate among all of them and pick up on what will help you the most. Thus, you will be improving your skills, your vocabulary, your use of devices and your writing. It is when you know the proper difference between different writing styles can you develop a style of your own and work on it.
How To Write A Better Narrative?
All of this being said, you must be wondering how you can write a better narrative. For writing a successful narrative, there are a few essential ingredients. Either of these ingredients if go missing, your narrative will never be worth reading. What are they? Let us find out!
1. An Intriguing Introduction
The introduction generally includes the ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ of a story. Here, the writer needs to tell what is happening in the story, why is it happening and who is/are involved in this activity. You also cannot miss out to tell your readers where the story is set. Once your readers have gathered these information, only then can they follow up with whatever you tell them next.
It is also necessary for the introduction to arouse an emotion. It can be love, hate, sadness, anger or jealousy. This emotion urges them to turn to the next page and read on about what you have to tell. It is also worth mentioning here that these are only a few emotions that have been mentioned. There are multiple other strings that you can play around with.
2. A Complication
When there is a complication involved, you can be 99% sure that your readers will read along. But it cannot be a meaningless complication. The problem you are showing has to have enough validation and reality to soak them into a fantasy world.
Also, if you are using this problem not just in the lives of the main characters, but also in the lives of the secondary characters and intertwine these, your narrative automatically becomes great!
3. A Catchy Series Of Events
When you set forth to make your characters solve a problem, there are two ways to go about it. The first is obviously the simplest way – to jot down a few things, plan a way out and poof! the problem is solved. Although this might be easier to write down, but it will not interest your readers. The second way is to take your characters through a series of events after which the problem is solved.
Or if you have enough creativity, you can also lead this towards another series of problem. This series of events will keep your readers hooked till the last word of the last line and you will have a great narrative writing piece! The alternative ending for this is a complete resolution. While you must be wondering that won’t be exciting enough, but trust me, it will be if you write it in an engaging manner.
4. A Foolproof Conclusion
In your conclusion, it is essential that you sum up all the happenings of all the events and mention the fate of all the characters that were a part of your story. While happy endings are loved by many readers, sad or traumatic endings are also equally praised. But it is important that you remember that whichever conclusion you choose to give to your story, it must be satisfying.
You can also leave the end hanging in the air, open for various interpretations by different readers. Although many people do not like to read such narratives, but trust me, it surely is one of the best. It helps the readers cling on to the story even after they have finished reading wondering what happened to the characters they have loved knowing about.
5. A Moral
You can also choose to teach your readers a moral lesson through your story. It can be a very basic lesson, or a lesser known moral of life. In doing this, you will not only be giving your readers a good time, but by the end of it, they will also learn something wise that can help them in present or future times.
Show Your Students Or Children How To Excel In Narrative Writing
Before, mentioning these steps, it is important that you note there is no ‘right way’ of teaching narrative writing. Every writer, every teacher has their own way. Plenty of people are doing it in various way and have also accomplished a lot from it. So, if you have found your correct way, you might as well implement it! If you haven’t, the below structure is sure to help you out.
Step 1: Finding Out A Story
As already mentioned, stories are present all around us. All we need to do is pick the right one or the right ones and implement them. You can teach the students how they can refer to one story they have heard and base their narrative on it. Or how they can pick multiple sections from multiple stories they have liked and stitch it into one great story.
Here, originality is also very important. Ask your students not to directly copy from things they have heard or read, but to take up on the structure or the pattern, modify it and create their own. Its that simple!
Step 2: Introduce The Assignment
Till now, all your students know that they have to refer to various stories and make up their own story. The next thing you need to do is tell them specifically what they have to do. You can give them the number of characters or a basic plot line which they will enhance and form their own unique story.
Step 3: Writing The First Draft
First drafts are generally the most basic writing that one does in order to build up something great. Ask your students to pen down what thoughts they have in mind, how they want their story to be or what all they have thought on hearing their assignment. This helps them later on when they sit down to give a proper shape to the story.
Step 4: Modifications And Changes
With a good plan in hand, the students can now modify their drafts into a proper story. They can elaborate places where much detailing is required, they can cut down the things which might bore the readers and add in new parts to make the story more exciting. All of this together brings forth a proper piece of narrative writing.
Step 5: Final Revisions And Edits
As the story is closing up, you should guide your students from revision towards editing and show them how refine their content piece. Here, you need to make sure that your students understand the difference between the two and know well how to do that. Once that is done, their piece of narrative writing is ready to be published!
Tips For Delivering A Great Narrative Writing
- Engage your readers in the beginning parts by setting the scene with the characters, thus giving them a hint at what can happen.
- Introduce your complication in a way so as to give purpose to the story
- Entertain. Don’t be boring, Don’t use ornamented words. Write in a simple manner so that everyone can relate to what you are saying. As they say, the best content is the one which even a class six child can read and understand.
A recurring problem that occurs among many students is that they do not get enough inspiration or ideas to start writing their stories. But in those times, one should always remember that the first try is extremely essential to get your creative juices flowing. So, keep trying. Never give up. And keep brushing up the basics to excel in narrative writing.