After you have decided on the story you plan to tell, share it with someone so that you can easily recall the details surrounding the event. The listener should ask you questions about the parts that he/she doesn’t understand. If you don’t explain it well verbally, then chances are the reader may be confused as well.
What is the setting of your story? (time & place) Give specifics about the setting. Describe the atmosphere, the people, and the events with sensory details. SHOW us what it was like instead of just telling us about it. Be sure that your sensory details are very specific.
What events are related to the conflict (problem)? Build suspense, highlight the main point and be sure to tell the outcome (resolution) of the story. Every story must have a definite beginning, middle and end. Don’t write a narrative about an event which currently involves you. It should have already occurred.
An effective narrative is genuine, straight-from-the-heart writing. The reader can see the personality of the writer and understand his/her motivation (s) through the story and diction that was chosen for the narrative.