Good Narrative Essays Are Time Consuming

Not to say that this is stating the obvious but, this is stating the obvious. In order to right a good narrative essay, you are going to have to be willing to invest time to map out every detail within the story. Narrative essays are intended to be stories, whether they’re non-fiction or fiction. To tell a story you need a lot of descriptions, the sequence of events has to make sense, and you have to make every facet believable. Here’s where you’ll be spending the majority of your time:

Plot Construction

Before you’re able to start writing, you have to have a clear idea of where you want the story to go. Therefore, you must be confident with the characters, setting, challenges and obstacles, climax, and ending. Overall, there has to be a point. Rushing into the story can leave you without proper guidance, virtually dooming you before you even got started.


In every day conversations, we often tell people stories without necessarily giving forth all the details. This is because we naturally assume that the other person has been in the same or similar situation and can relate to the feelings or maybe they’ve been to the place where the story took place. When writing a narrative essay, assumption goes out of the window. You have to describe everything. Build the world for the reader. It’s vital to go back after writing your first draft and put yourself in the reader’s shoes. Can you relate to the emotion of a specific scene through the description you provided? Make sure you show rather than just telling.


It takes time to build up to the perfect climax. If you’ve invested time in creating a believable world, the last thing you want to do is throw your story away by rushing into a climax. Drop little hints here and there to get the reader wondering what will happen next. Your climax is where you want to blow their mind completely.


Some writers begin their story writing process by creating the ending first. It gives them an idea of where and how they want the story to end. This isn’t the way you have to go but it shows that your ending is just as important as every other part of the story. Don’t forget to invest time on this section either!