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Your thesis is the best way of discovering how to write a narrative

Your thesis is the best way of discovering how to write a narrative

Author: David Weitzel

As you ask yourself just how to write a narrative, you would do well to consider the main aspects of narrative writing.

Take this MeowEssay website, for example. It provides you with information about getting past your writer's block. It does this by giving you detailed ways of doing so, including games, story starters, poem starters, and writing prompts, plus a variety of other methods. If I had to put the thesis, or main idea, of this website into words, I would say, "Writer's Block Help is a useful website that seeks to provide guidance and perspective on various writing styles by affording readers various ways in which to get past their writing block and create engaging, creative, fulfilling pieces of writing." I might then go into all of the ways, such as those mentioned above, that this website enables this thesis to be true.

Consider different theses that you take for granted. For example, what is the thesis for your life? For your work? For your writing? You may find that when considering these ideas, you'll think about or come across something about yourself that you have never pondered at length. It might just be the key to a new and wonderful writing that is dying to come out of you.

Here is a smattering of sample theses for the aforementioned topics to help you learn that how to write a narrative is not so hard once you have your thesis in place:

My life's thesis: I strive to lead a life full of meaning and dedication by being close to my family, following my dreams of becoming a published writer, and doing work that I am passionate about. From here, I can go into the three reasons I listed in my thesis, and possibly have them lead into other parts of my life as well.

My work thesis:
It's an amazing feeling to teach what you love. Short and sweet, right? This is a thesis, even though it does not include reasons. Obviously, I love what I do, and I will get into the reasons why as my introductory narrative paragraph continues. This statement affords me the opportunity to talk about why and how this amazing feeling exists within me, and why I love it all so much.

My writing thesis:
Writing provides me with a comedic, and sometimes dramatic, escape into the realms of my imagination. Note how in this thesis it is implicitly stated that I obviously love writing, because I am including what it provides me with, and I am also including reasons (comedy, drama, imagination) for why writing is so great. I can now begin the process of how to write a narrative by defining exactly what I mean about writing allowing me to delve into these specific areas. This is where elaboration through description becomes a necessary tool.

You must have come to the conclusion that this life thesis, my work thesis, and my writing thesis are by no means complete. There is so much to say about how I feel about all of these topics. However, these theses provide the basis for beginning personal narrative writing that will help me relish my past and savor my future in each of these areas. It is also necessary to note that in a narrative essay or other style of writing, you do not have to have your thesis explicitly stated. It can be implicit within the content of the writing, but it must be present in some way. Otherwise, your writing will struggle to be held together by any kind of glue (in this case, your thesis is the glue).

Also, notice how even though I sometimes used first person, I am writing about myself in narrative writing form. When deciding how to write a narrative that best describes you, or whatever topic you happen to choose, using a narrative form such as first person, third person, or even an omniscient narrator (depending on the genre of writing you choose to use), is of vital importance. You must have someone, or even something narrating your piece.

You may wonder how you can have something narrate your piece. Shouldn't a person be the only probable narrator? That does not have to be the case. This is where creative and stylistic choices come into play within your own writing. You may choose to write something from the perspective of the goldfish in a bowl, the desk lamp that is slowly burning out as it stays on all day long, or even the ice cream cone that is melting on the street. All of these can be personified in such a way that they take on human qualities that make them engaging and directly revealing of a unique narrative style.

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