Recently our year 10’s have been writing narrative stories. This is in preparation for their GCSEs next year. I asked Sarina, one of our new year 10 bloggers, to write a post of her top tips for budding authors.


How to Write a Gripping, Interesting Narrative

Step 1: Plan it out!

You should always plan your narrative out! I recommend splitting it into four different sections: Opening, Development, Dilemma and Resolution

I also recommend using a “What, Where, Who, When, Why’ system.


For example:




What?: Man receives letter, says that he’s lost his job, he did nothing wrong, so is confused as to why.


Where?: London, works in a high class business centre.


Who?: Man named Pete, 30, hard-working and curious, still lives with his mum.


When?: Modern day, winter time, almost Christmas, so money is needed.


Why?: He doesn’t know why he lost his job and the rest of the story will be him trying to get it back.


It’s as simple as that, but try to be as original and creative as possible, let your imagination go wild!


Step 2: Use the best vocabulary and sentence structures!

If you really want to hook the reader (and gain extra marks in an exam), you must use certain techniques that are gripping. Here is an example of how you can make a sentence more interesting, just by adding a few different key elements in.


‘The girl walked to the shop.’


Boring!! Try adding some adjectives:


‘The timid girl walked to the crowded shop.’


Better, but we could make it more interesting by adding an adverb:


‘The timid girl cautiously walked to the crowded shop.’


Already, the sentence is looking much better, a subordinate clause will take it that extra mile:


‘The timid girl, who had to buy some bread, cautiously walked to the crowded shop.’


Perfect! If you can do this with everything you write, you will get some pretty high marks! Reading a lot in everyday life helps you to pick up vocabulary that you could incorporate into your writing. It can be from magazines, to massive, thick books, anything will help.


Step 3: Write your story!

Take everything into account to make your narrative something a reader would not want to put down. The best way to make the reader want to read on is by posing a question in the opening. Maybe your character is stuck in a tough situation, maybe your character is keeping a secret, there are so many different options.

Most importantly, always proof read your work and be creative!