How to use Narrative
- Include “an introduction, plot, characters, setting, climax and conclusion.” Remember that all of these elements are necessary in fiction or non-fiction.
- A narrative is generally written from the viewpoint of the writer or story-teller. First or third-person perspective are the easiest to use for a narrative, although other perspectives are possible.
- Make sure that your story has a point. Your audience needs a reason to listen to you.
- Relate the events of your story in the proper sequence.
- Make good use of details.
When to use a Narrative
In most situations a narrative style is appropriate. It is always effective to deliver your information in a way that draws your readers in. However, always consider the expectations of your audience and your ultimate goal. Sometimes a list of facts is exactly what you need. Sometimes, simply reporting about someone else’s narrative is what you want to do. This is where your personal style will come into play. Will a story add to or weaken the information? If it will improve the delivery of your information, use a narrative. If it will distract your audience from your main point, do not.