The point of a narrative essay to tell a story, and the point of a descriptive essay it describe something in such a way that the reader can "see" it for himself or herself. The most difficult part of a narrative essay is its narrow focus while the most difficult part of a descriptive essay is its organization.
Frequently students are asked to write a narrative essay that includes lots of description; thus, these two modes have been combined into one guide. Take what you need from the guide and ignore the rest.
This guide will walk you through the steps of getting started and organizing your essay, just the information you need to complete the assignment. For more in-depth information, consult your instructor and course materials.
NOTE: The advice offered here covers the bare minimums in an attempt to help those who are running short on time or unsure of how to get started. Wherever information here conflicts with information provided by your instructor, follow what your instructor says. He or she is the one grading your paper, afterall.
Essay Genre: Possible Transition Words and Phrases
Transition words and phrases help an essayist make the writing flow, providing the reader with smooth reading. An essay without transition words and phrases can give the reader whiplash, jerking him/her from one point to the next. Choose your transition words wisely from the lists below:
|as soon as||of course|
|as a ______||oh, sure|
|at the same time||on the one hand|
|at this point||on the other side|
|fortunately||questions: When? How? Where?|
|in any case||somehow|
|in other words||soon|
|in the meantime||then|
|it is clear that ______||therefore|
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