You can structure a cause-and-effect essay point for point, by comparing one aspect of the object or situation at a time.
Or you can choose to employ the block method by thoroughly covering all the points of the first object or situation in the first half of the essay and then comparing it with all the points of the other in the last half. If you have decided to focus on a single event in your life, you will want to use this structure.
Extra details distract from the main drive of the story.
- Try not to use reflective conclusions or introductions describing what you learned; start and end with the action and have everything take place within the context of the story.
You don't want to sound like you're rattling off a schedule of events.
Rather, take on the role of storyteller and provide great detail about a very specific set of events.
Beginning an essay with a brief story is the most common and effective of such methods.
Another twist on the narrative essay is one that describes a single place, person, or action in great detail.
It can be filled with action, dialogue, and subtle details.
Although, you should not confuse effective drama with overwrought, Hollywood-style melodrama.