Narrative WritingWhat is Narrative?Many times the word narrative is used in place of the word story. Truthfully, the words are practically synonymous. A narrative is the story (fiction or non-fiction) told and the order in which it is told. Sometimes, there is a narrator, a character or a series of characters, who tell the story. Sometimes, as with most non-fiction, the author himself/herself is the narrator.You are the narrators of your own lives all the time. Something happens at home. You come to school, go to your first class, and sit down next to your friend; then, you tell the details of your story that are important to you in the order that seems right to you. The story that you tell is a narrative. A reporter who tells a human interest story for the news about a janitor that who saved for years to send his children to college. The reporter might emphasize the janitor's hardship, the over-time he had to put in every week to save for his children's college fund, the tedious hours cleaning and taking care of a particular building, the encouragement and care that he gave his children toward the goal of higher education. The narrative is shaped by the details. These details offer clues about the author's purpose. Clearly, the author who emphasizes the hardships of this janitor wants to show us that this person overcame adversity to enable the success of their progeny.Why Write Narrative?In your everyday life, narrative writing is critical. Texts, emails, cover letters, blogs, are just a few of the ways you might employ narrative writing in your daily life. You will most likely be asked to detail your beliefs, your ambitions, and your goals on college applications. Narrative writing helps you to synthesize the information you are trying to convey, and feelings that you want to share. What could be more important?Narrative writing in fiction and non-fiction (and even poetry) tells others the stories of our personal experiences and allows us to gain empathy and understanding about the human experience.