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Improve your written expression in writing Narrative Essays.


There has been a jibber jabber about students being as poor writers. How many of you have had this experience of being called a poor writer. The teachers are invariably ranting about your weak expression, but how many teachers have actually helped you in improving your writing style? This post will help you understand a few ways to identify your errors in constructing a narrative essay. Hence, here are some rudimentary steps to a better expressive writing.

How can a written essay be interesting?

  1. Try to vary your sentence structure.
  2. Use variety in your vocabulary.
  3. Use punctuation marks to augment the effect of your language and apply them consciously in your written work. Do not try to impress the reader by employing unnecessary punctuation marks.
  4. Use words carefully.
  5. Keep a track of your tenses. If the incident took place in the past, stick to it. Do not dwindle between the present and the past tenses.
  6. Try to keep the main verb of the sentence close to the main subject.
  7. Be very careful of your subject- verb agreement. Which means, if your subject is singular add a ‘s’ or an ‘es’ to the main verb.
  8. Do not deviate from the standard formula of ‘subject+verb+object’ in English Language.
  9. Check for the irregularity and parallelism in sentence structures.
  10. Avoid the repetition of ‘ands’ and ‘buts’. Try to use them sparingly. Choose linking verbs carefully to link your ideas.
  11. If you are writing a narrative, a dialogue should only be added where it could present the character’s mind, or when the reader needs to be enlightened with a new thought; even so if the character’s feelings are to be expressed.
  12. The language should have clarity of thought.

See the difference between the following passages:

Example 1:

Paula had a beautiful dress. She had bought that dress last night wither mother from a carnival. She wanted to look best at the party which would be held next week. She never had such a beautiful dress before. She was dying to wear that dress.

Example 2:

Paula belonged to a poor family and had never worn an expensive dress before. Her mother had taken her along to a grand carnival held nearby, last night. While she closely latched onto her mother’s shirt, she noticed girls her age, or even younger, scooted around in lavished dresses. ‘Barbie’s dress, she has a Cinderella dress on, that there, her’s is a…!’, and the thoughts reeled on.  Dresses, were the only thing to catch her young clean slate mind. ‘I wish I had a pink dress for my school party too’, she sighed silently. With a lowered head, she dazzled through the whole carnival. To implore for one, it was of no use; she followed her walking steps back home.  As she retired for the night, the customary load shedding marked its quotidian attendance. ‘Sleep, just sleep!’ It was then when her hand ran over a silk seamless something on her flint-bare bedding. Her eyes gleamed.


  • The first paragraph is written in simple sentences. Almost every sentence begins with a pronoun ‘She’, thus, showing no variation in the sentence structure.
  • The passage is about a young girl’s innocent wish; however, all sentences in the first paragraph lack any  emotive quality and thus, fall flat in moving the reader’s sentiments.
  • The second passage has a variety of simple, complex and compound sentences.
  • There are adjectives: lavished and customary, and similes: ,clean slate, Cinderella dress; verbs : scooted, latch onto, reeled on, to heighten the feelings of the readers.
  • The only word which would possibly urge the reader to consult a dictionary is ‘quoditian’; which is an adjective and means daily, customary.
  • Can you tell what the last line suggests?
  • Let the readers judge through the character’s actions or dialogues of what entails.
  • Do not bore them with clear informative sentences. And do not tell them, raise their suspense level with writing something that would persuade them to think.
  • And keep practicing. Good luck!




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