Narration skills come in handy for students, when they are handling academic writing assignments which work on narrative methods. It is not only narrative essays or research papers which are done using this technique. Autobiographic or biographic assignments and most of the English literature assignments depend on your narrative abilities. Hence it is highly useful to understand what a powerful narration is.
Even though it is something that is in-born, good narration is also an art that can be learned with a little effort. Narration is when you describe an event or a story in detail. The fineness of the narration is determined by the way the incident or story is said. There are a lot of factors which form the criteria for an interesting and powerful narration.
First and foremost, you need to have a good vocabulary. Knowing long and complex words will not help much. Even if you know only the simple words, you can still manage a good narration if you know how to use those words effectively, to its maximum capacity.
While you are narrating a story, pay attention to the way you arrange the parts of the story or event to make it smooth flowing and easily comprehensible to the reader. The structure is very important when it comes to an assignment of narrative nature. It has to be laid in a proper order with an introduction, body paragraphs and conclusion.
There are certain stories which can be presented without an introduction but to start off with the story straightaway, you need to be extremely good at narration. If you are not sure it will work, the best way to go about it, is to give an introduction where you give the reader an idea of the story you are about to narrate. Be brief. Don’t give away too much.
In the body paragraphs you will say the story in detail omitting only those parts which may not be of interest to the readers. The readers should be able to see the story you are narrating, in their minds. They should feel your words rather than hear them or read them. It can be said that a powerful narration is that which shows rather than tells. Including small details which might not have a direct impact on the story can also add to the beauty of the narration.
For example, instead of “I was on my way to school that day, when…”, you can say; “I was on my way to my school on that beautiful morning which was refreshingly cool but with just enough sun to make you feel warm within…”. Even though the weather might not have anything to do with your story, it will help the reader see the situation in his mind.
Do not be repetitive while narrating different parts of the story. It will not only waste your space but also create repetition boredom in readers. If at all you need to mention something which has already been told, sometime later in the narrative, try to keep it very short.
A powerful narration can leave a long lasting impression on the reader. Good narrative skills can be of use, not only for academic writing assignments but it will also come in handy if you are considering a career in writing. It will also be useful while preparing for certain stage performances like drama, speeches and monologues.