A narrative is usually a story in which the writer or someone else they know was involved. It should comprise of details and description, to give the reader a clear picture of the story.

The writer must carefully think  on the content they want to give the reader, it therefore calls for the writer to have a good mental outline of the narrative from the beginning to the end. The story has to be introduced in such a way that will clearly outline whether the narrative is the writer's experience or whether thy are writing from observation. The intro must be catchy to glue the reader to the content, to provoke them to read through to the end.

Narratives are written from a well defined angle, thus the writer must choose the most interesting ideas to develop the plot of the narrative. The writer has to understand the significance of the content they are writing, hence give the reader what is best suited to them. An outline must be developed to help the recollections and situations in the narrative follow one another logically. An outline helps the reader have a rough sketch in which to follow while writing the narrative.

Any narrative should grasp the reader, therefore the writer must use details which will make the reader actualize the narrative. One might use dialogue to develop the plot of the narrative, however the writer must make sure that it is to the minimal. The writer should also use humor since it helps lift the mood of the reader. Quotes and anecdotes are also essential in developing the theme of a narrative since it  makes  the reader  actualize the narrative.

A good narrative must revolve around one main idea, the writer should avoid rambling since it makes it difficult for the reader to follow the grain of the whole story and they might give up reading. The writer should avoid unnecessary changing of ideas since it confuses the reader; it should have a smooth transition which the reader can follow without too much strain.

Narratives lie on well defined and concrete details, therefore the writer must provide them to give the reader viable content. Specific details help give the narrative a dominant impression which makes the reader  actualize the whole content they are reading; it should leave an effect to the reader hence the writer must develop it in excellent story writing skills.

Narratives all the time are written in  the first person narration, however the third person narration can also be used. Sentences used in narrative essays must be properly constructed and of the right length. Writers should avoid very long sentences which don't communicate to the reader. All paragraphs should discuss one idea at a time, they should also be of the right length and ideas developed by these paragraphs should flow smoothly from one paragraph to the next, following a logical order, easy for the reader to follow.

Proofreading must be done severally to ensure that the final copy of the narrative is up-to standard. After the first proofreading the writer keeps the work aside and revisits it after some time, this helps to detect the smallest of mistakes in the narrative. It is important for the writer to seek the assistance of  another person to do the proofreading for them.