Narrative vs. Descriptive Writing

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A narrative essay uses a point of view to tell a story. It is an engaging way for an author to tell his reader about an experience they have had or a personal story. Descriptive writing is a description of something. It could be a person, place, thing, emotion or experience. The author is allowed more artistic freedom when writing in descriptive form. While both descriptive and narrative essays are similar in many ways, the descriptive essays use of language fully immerses the reader into the story and allows the reader to feel the intended emotion. Descriptive writing is painting a vivid image. When reading I want to be able to lose myself in the writing doesn’t everyone?
Both narrative and descriptive writing include similar structural components. Both styles should include an introduction, body and conclusion. Similarly, both styles should include a thesis statement. The narrative thesis is built to tell the reader the main point or object of the story while the descriptive thesis is pointing out the main elements of the event, a sense, a person or experience. If the narrative is telling a story it should also include character, plot, setting, and climax. On the other hand, a descriptive essay does not have those requirements but must stay organized in a way that allows for a logical description of the topic. The author must be careful not to ramble. Either way, both styles should include details in the body of the paragraphs to support the thesis statement.
The narrative and descriptive styles of writing are both effective ways for a writer to get their point across. Both styles of writing rely on the effective use of language. Descriptive words and concrete language are very important for both ...

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... author’s point was. I may be missing it entirely. I find the descriptive style of writing much more enjoyable to read. This style allows me to immerse myself into the details. I am drawn to the character, time or place because of the language the author is using. My senses and emotions are stirred which cause me to be invested in the story. I am not left second guessing what the author’s point of the story was. I am able to just enjoy it.

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