Narrative vs. Descriptive Writing

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Narrative vs. Descriptive
There are many different types of writing styles that are used in everyday literature; in books and magazine articles, scholarly and academic journals. According to Essentials of College Writing, by C. M. Connell & K. Sole (2013), descriptive writing is “defined by painting pictures with words” (chapter 6.4, line 1), while narrative writing is described as “storytelling from the point of view of the narrator” (chapter 6.3, line 1). Narrative writing is more appealing considering the reader is drawn into the worlds created by the storyteller; since narrative writing has a plot descriptive writing has no time elements or chronological order to the writing.
Narrative writing
A narrative writing shares a sequence of events leading to a point, moral lesson, or idea that is gathered from the narrative to make the essay uniquely meaningful to the reader. Since narrative writing can be true to life or fantasies of the imagination, the unique art of creating different realities for the reader experience is quite entertaining to readers. Narrative writhing brings the readers into the world of the story teller by using creative, detail oriented event or an alternate reality the narrator wishes to express during the plot of the story. Narrative writing can be a short story or the length of a novel depending on how short or long the situation or argument of the story may be. Any well written narrative needs to have a well written plot; a sequence of events that unfold to hold the reader’s attention through the length of the story. It is important to have a plot to your story when writing a narrative paper; a sequence of events that unfold throughout the course of the story that creates drama and tension. The story n...

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... descriptive writing does not have a plot; rather it describes emotions of the author for the reader to visualize and experience. When writing a narrative essay or story, the author expresses their opinions, morals, and recollections to a more general idea of emotions and experiences. While the content of a descriptive piece focuses on one event, object or place, narrative writing creates stories of love, excitement, drama, science fiction or anything the imagination can think of and bring to life for the readers to experience.

Works Cited

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Tan, A. (2013). Fish cheeks http://redroom.com/member/amy-tan/writing/fish-cheeks

Essentials of College Writing, (chapter 6.3, 6.4) C. Connell & K. Sole 2013
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