A basic example of a narrative report is a "book report" that outlines a book; it includes the characters, their actions, possibly the plot, and, perhaps, some scenes. Once an incident is chosen, the writer should keep three principles in mind.Narrative essays are told from a defined point of view, often the author's, so there is feeling as well as specific and often sensory details provided to get the reader involved in the elements and sequence of the story. The narrative essay makes a point and that point is often defined in the opening sentence, but can also be found as the last sentence in the opening paragraph.Since a narrative relies on personal experiences, it often is in the form of a story.A good example of this is when an instructor asks a student to write a book report.Obviously, this would not necessarily follow the pattern of a story and would focus on providing an informative narrative for the reader.Although these genres have been criticized by some composition scholars, the Purdue OWL recognizes the widespread use of these approaches and students’ need to understand and produce them.When writing a narrative essay, one might think of it as telling a story.A narrative report leaves aside a discussion that puts the events of the text into the context of what the text is about. Copyright ©1995-2018 by The Writing Lab & The OWL at Purdue and Purdue University. This material may not be published, reproduced, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.It is quite common for narrative essays to be written from the standpoint of the author; however, this is not the sole perspective to be considered.Creativity in narrative essays oftentimes manifests itself in the form of authorial perspective.