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Organizing: Narrative Essay
Step 3: Organize the Body
Step 3: Organize the Body Paragraphs
Organizing the body paragraphs of a narrative essay is pretty straightforward. Narrative essays use chronological organization. Follow the timeline of events and start a new paragraph when:
- The story goes in a new direction
- There's a scene change
- A dialogue occurs back-and-forth between speakers: make a new paragraph each time someone different speaks.
With shaking hands, Carlos handed me the destroyed book. He said, “I really don’t mind getting you another one.”
I said, “That’s not the point. It belonged to my mother.”
He looked down at his shoes and said, “I am truly sorry. What can I do? I didn’t even know it was in my backpack.”
I swallowed hard and wiped away a tear, “Nothing.”
Step 4: Fill Up the Essay
Step 4: Fill Up the Essay with Details and Vivid Language
Include the senses:
- What you saw
- What you smelled
- What you tasted
- What you touched
- What you heard
- What you and others said and did
Avoid too much feelings and thoughts:
- Rather than say, "I was scared," describe your actions instead. For example, "My stomach dropped and I chewed through my fingernails."