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Introducing the narrative process

Read this article to understand how we use the narrative process to adapt analysis into advice.
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The narrative process for adapting analysis into advice comprises five steps.

  1. Get the story straight.
  2. Draft a simple but comprehensive summary.
  3. Expand your summary into subheadings.
  4. Substantiate the narrative.
  5. Apply the content to the template.

Your purpose as the paper’s author is to guide your reader through a change in the state of their understanding.

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you really understand what you’re trying to say! You need to be clear and confident in your own understanding so that you can isolate and identify the key points in your narrative.

So, let’s start by getting your story straight.

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