To narrate means to tell a story or to give an account of. A narrative takes many forms: a novel, short story, biography, or even autobiography. When you write a narrative, you should try to re-create a story or experience in a way that the readers can imaginatively participate in it or relate to it.
When writing a narrative it is important to use specific details, to limit the subject, and of course, to write the narrative in some logical order.
Some possible topics to write on are personal experiences that stand out in the writer’s mind as being significant, and firsts (first date, first day at college, first job).
Where and how to get ideas is important for a writer’s success, because without new and interesting ideas, it’s difficult to spark a reader’s interest.
A special job, a unique personal experience you’ve had, special interests, hobbies or places you’ve been, are all good sources for ideas.
Ask yourself these questions to see if you have anything in your life that is of particular interest.
1) What is your background? (Family, ethnic, religious, geographic)
2) What have you done that is unique?
3) Where have you been that’s interesting?
4) Whom have you learned things from? (As a child, as an adult)
5) Whom do you know? (People around you, celebrities)
6) Have you overcome a problem that faces a large number of people?
7) From experience, do you know how to do something better, cheaper, or easier than anyone else?
8) What’s wrong with your life?
9) What do you want most in life?
10) What are some of the important times of your life?
11) What interests you?
12) Have you had an adventure so unique, exciting or humorous that people will be interested in hearing about it from beginning to end?
13) How do you overcome boredom? Depression? Frustration? Sadness?
14) When did you first fall in love and why?
15) What is your favorite holiday and what does it mean to you?