A narrative essay sets out to tell a personal story. The viewpoint is normally quite personal in character with vivid life like description.

While composing a narrative essay, the focus is to hold the attention of the reader in an entertaining manner as well as appealing to their senses. It is in fact like a short story so there is normally a plot, a set of characters, a setting and , often, an intriguing ending. They are usually written, also, in the first person. A familiar situation, place or person is always easier to write about at short notice rather than a topic that might be quite distant from your experences.