Writing a personal essay can be a really daunting task. Indeed, this essay type differs from other creative texts and essays. Anyone who reads an essay should see a real person behind the lines and words. It is not easy to express your own thoughts and describe life or even experiences with words as there are things that seem to need no description (like personal feelings). So, when you are sitting down to write an essay, you need to remember that you have to express your personality there. Readers should feel the zest and individuality in your work.
The instructor, Chloe Caldwell, knows a lot about writing personal essays—and placing them for publication. Her work has been published in venues like Salon, The Rumpus, Thought Catalog, Nylon, The Nervous Breakdown, xoJane, The Frisky, The Sun Magazine, SMITH, Jewcy, Mr. Beller’s Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Freerange Nonfiction, The Faster Times, The Fix, and Men’s Health. She also has a piece in the anthology Goodbye To All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC, alongside writers like Roxane Gay and Cheryl Strayed.
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Connect the event/person/place to a larger idea - As you are describing this event, person, place, etc., don’t lose focus on the main idea: how the event changed you. This is the thesis of your personal essay, and it is important that you demonstrate how the details come together to create this thesis. Don’t get so caught up in narrating the actual event that you forget to also go into detail on the importance of it.
They represent what think, what feel, about a given topic. They represent effort (the word comes from the French , which means ) to communicate those thoughts and feelings to others. In the purely personal essay, however, there is no effort to objectify those thoughts, there is no concealment that this is opinion; no standing behind any mask of objectivity is permitted, no embarrassment is allowed.You will probably want to use quoted language in your personal essay. There is nothing like the "heard voice" to create the impression that this is real. Your readers are going along, reading your prose on the paper, and then they see someone saying "This is great stuff!" and they not only read and see, they . Spoken speech engages another whole sense and enriches the medium immensely. Unfortunately, using quoted language demands a whole set of typographical conventions the quotation marks themselves and the various commas and end-marks that are required. The Guide to Grammar and Writing contains a brief section on to help you. Review that section and take the quizzes on quotation marks before using quoted language in your own prose.