Types of narrative writing
With a linear narrative, a story’s events are told in chronological order. Most books, movies, TV shows, and other pieces of media are linear narratives.
In contrast to a linear narrative, a nonlinear narrative presents its story’s events in nonchronological order.
A viewpoint narrative focuses on the narrator’s perspective of the story’s events. Generally, these kinds of stories are more character driven than plot driven.
In a descriptive narrative, the focus is on how the story’s setting, characters, and objects look and feel.
Characteristics of narrative writing
Each type of writing has its own unique characteristics, and narrative writing is no different.
Tips for awesome narrative writing
Use your narrative to build characters
When you’re writing in the first-person point of view, your story’s narrator is one of the characters in the story.
Listen to how people tell stories
Next time your friend tells you about their day, pay as much attention to
they tell the story as you do to the story itself.
Mix and match narrative styles
Writing a linear narrative doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate elements of a descriptive or viewpoint narrative.
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