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Descriptive Narrative Ideas


In order for a descriptive narrative to be successful, it must make the reader aware of how the author felt about a particular situation and why. Even though it may not immediately appear that any story or situation from your own past can compare with great literary stories, upon further reflection, you may realize that many points in your life are narrative worthy.

Birth

The act of bringing another human being into the world or being close to someone who does is a life changing experience suitable for a descriptive narrative. For example, if you have a baby sister, you can use the emotions and thoughts you had on the day she was born as the topic of a descriptive narrative. Sharing in the birth of a baby is a universal experience to which others can relate. You can add a unique angle by describing how you felt seeing your mother experience the pain of childbirth in addition to your feelings about having a new sibling.

Art

Truly great pieces of art have the capacity to reconstruct a person’s deepest moral positions. The viewing of a brilliant painting like Van Gogh’s "Starry Night," or Turner’s "The Slave Ship," can be an enlightening experience comprised of highly charged emotions. At the center of a descriptive narrative is a significant situation that touched the author in a personal way. Whether it’s a novel, sculpture or other work, amazing art has the capacity to create some of the most memorable and influential life experiences.

Success

After committing to hard work and determination, few feelings and experiences can equal those a person has upon achieving a long and arduous goal. The moment of achievement, whether it’s walking on graduation day or standing over a finished painting, is one that includes a wide range of emotions. Reflecting on such a moment brings back these emotions, and capturing them well in a descriptive narrative fulfills the objective of such an assignment.

Surprise

Even though life is full of moments and situations that are truly great and planned out, the element of surprise leads to many emotionally charged experiences. Whether this is walking through the streets of Florence and randomly stumbling upon a Fresco or digging through your Grandmother’s attic and finding an invaluable stone, when weighing descriptive narrative focus ideas recall surprising encounters that left a lasting impression.

About the Author

Jake Shore is an award-winning Brooklyn-based playwright, published short story writer and professor at Wagner College. His short fiction has appeared in many publications including Litro Magazine, one of London's leading literary magazines. Shore earned his MFA in creative writing from Goddard College.

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