Narrative / outline

I haven’t done an extensive study on “narrative”, but I believe a narrative is different to an outline or a sketch of events.

One of my articles sketches or outlines someone’s career and vocation path, but I wouldn’t call it a narrative. A narrative would have embellished the sketch or outline by providing those things we call color, dialogue, what the person was thinking, the in-depth stuff of the soul condition on the journey, or however one frames the facts with flesh and blood. Narrative must go beyond the confines of a sketch or outline of events. It must substantiate it as much as the “narrator” knows.

I guess many news reports can be sketches or outlines. But there are longer writings, such as creative non-fiction, that may go further than the bare bones or the facts. These can be very interesting, while factual reporting always still serves a purpose in keeping people informed, more or less.

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