writing better narrative

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Answered by: Kelly, An Expert in the Grammar and Composition - General Category
Writing Better Narratives

When writing, a good writer makes a statement. A great writer, when writing, puts a stamp on it all his or her own. This article is a collage of experiences of my own for writing with purpose. These experiences are from past college professors, teachers, my own students, colleagues and friends who enjoy and have a passion for English, grammar and literature. Those passions have a right to be presented with great purpose. What are some simple steps for writing better narratives? Hopefully, you will find the information below both informative and helpful when writing your next narrative.

First, put body language in the narrative you are writing. It gives depth to the work, and makes it noticeable to the reader. When a body language is used within the piece, it gives it life. Otherwise, the reading has a flat affect or may seem dull. Second, writing doesn't always have to be rational. When you can, embrace idiosyncrasies. We as humans love to do silly or irrational things, so take idiosyncrasies and run with them without limiting yourself or your work.

Third, your story doesn't always have to have a "pretty" factor. When writing about things such as rape, adultery, abuse, etc. you need to be descriptive in the most real way. Some topics and subjects need to be looked at with no degree of delicacy. They, the audience, need to feel it and placing limits on things that vary in nature for each of us is not fair to the writer, but most importantly the reader. Fourth, only put to use your material in your writing when it serves a direct purpose. Basically, don't include the kitchen sink if your no where near a functioning kitchen. There are other pieces that you can place a story, an example, etc. and there, in that particular narrative, it will "shine" like you desire it to do. Always think, "Is this paragraph, sentence or example really of relevance here?" If it does not serve a purpose, omit it.

Fifth and final point, don't be boastful within your presentation. You may have the highest IQ and graduated Sum Cum Lade from an Ivy League School, but the reader just wants to relate to what they are reading. It may turn a warm interested reader into a person that is uninterested and suddenly ice cold. When watching a movie, we want to relate the characters, so identifying with the characters within a piece, the reader should be able to easily do that without even realizing it. These are just a few simple steps that should be remembered when creating a writing that is real, much better and purposeful.

In conclusion, when you read something by Ernest Hemingway, you instantly know it. You remember it. Remembering not only the text, but the author. You want to have that type of effect on the reader. You want to be remembered. You want even more so, your piece(s) to not be forgotten. When writing a better narrative, tactics are important for the writer to remember and when these simple tactics are expressed at the right place within your work at the precise time of perfection...the reader will not soon forget!

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