How to write an Outline for Narrative Essay

Essay have different types and forms, and each type has a distinct manner of writing. A narrative essay differs in its form, style and language from the argumentative essay. A narrative essay is defined as the type of writing in which the author narrates the story by linking or aligning it to a specific problem or issue. The story, however, is not fictional, but it signifies the personal development of the author himself. This essay, unlike all other essay forms, allows the use of the first-person pronoun. A narrative essay can also be aligned with anecdotal, experiential and enable the author to pen down his point of view.  

Story Telling vs Narrative Essay

                Narration in the narrative essay is different from telling a story since the story is fictional and narration is non-fictional. In storytelling, the author is free to change or twist the story and change the plot, but in the narrative essay, the author has to be bound to the real events to develop a cohesive arc of memory and events the way they happened. Narrative essay has a thesis statement which is absent in the story. 

Narrative essay, like all other essays, have an outline, and the following steps are the easiest to develop an outline for the narrative essay. If you want one, follow the below-written details;


                An introduction in narrative essay comprises of a hook, Significance of narration and a thesis.

  1. Hook: The narration in either first or third form but should start with a strong opening sentence, quote or fact known as the hook.       
  2. Scope: The hook should be followed by the scope or importance of the topic, and the essay should be able to connect with the readers.
  3. Thesis: The thesis statement follows the scope. This will help the author to direct the readers in a certain direction.

In short, an essay should be short, precise, interesting and relatable with the reader. It should grasp the attention and intrigue the reader to move forward to read the narration. S

Body Paragraph

  1. Setting and Background

Readers must know the background or how things started to happen.

  • Character Description

The characters present within the narration should be described to show the involvement of the people and their development.

  • Foreshadowing

The author should incorporate his point of view about the event.

  • Event Description/ conflict

Each paragraph should elaborate on the situation and setting in which the story has taken place. s

  • Climax and resolution

The event should conclude with climax leading to either a good or bad resolution.


                The conclusion must have the following components

  1. Moral Significance
  2. Ethical Significance
  3. Character development
  4. Call for Action

The outcome should have a moral end to the story and end with an ethical note highlighting the way character developed and action that should be taken in this regard.



  • Hook
  • Scope and Significance of narration
  • Thesis statement

Body Paragraphs

  • Setting and Background
  • Character Description
  • Foreshadowing
  • Event Description/ conflict
  • Climax and Resolution


  • Moral Significance
  • Ethical Significance
  • Character development
  • Call for Action