A Narrative Essay tells a story. This story is usually an
experience or an event from the author’s past, a recent or ongoing event or experience, or something about a
memorable person. Since in a narrative essay the author
narrates personal experiences, it is generally written in
first person and is told in a casual conversational style.
The essay is written from the author’s point of view and
tries to lead the reader to reflect on it.
There are certain features to a narrative essay that
should be kept in mind while writing it. These are:
1) The first paragraph should be an introduction, clearly
telling the reader what kind of narrative it is – an event, an experience, or an observation.
2) Plenty of sensory details should be given, creating a
unified and forceful effect.
3) While giving the details, anecdotes should be included using dialogues if necessary.
4) The event, experience, or observation should be recreated in such a way that the reader feels involved.
5) The verbs and modifiers used should be vivid and precise. 6) It should include all the conventions of a story – plot, setting, characters, climax, and an ending.
7) The essay should be well organized with the events
described as they happened in time.
8) The final paragraph should be a reflection on the larger
meaning or importance of the “story”.
Keep all these points in mind while making your point and you have a successful narrative essay.
An Explanatory Essay, also called an Expository Essay,
presents other people’s views, or reports an event or a
situation. It conveys another person’s information in detail and explains what is difficult to understand. Without giving any criticism or argument, the writer of the essay
elucidates the subject by analyzing it.
A good explanatory/expository essay consists of the
1) The introductory paragraph clearly states what is to be
analyzed or explained.
2) Each subsequent paragraph has a distinct supporting topic. 3) Each of the sentences of the paragraph relates directly
to the topic.
4) All the paragraphs are sequenced properly and make
smooth transition from one topic to another.
5) Precise and accurate words are used to convey the
6) The concluding paragraph reinforces the position in a
If you are writing an explanatory/expository essay, keep
these points in mind. Write clearly and effectively. Make
sure your readers understand your analysis and know how
you have arrived at your conclusions.