A personal essay is a broad essay that often incorporates a variety of writing styles.Most personal essay assignments ask writers to write about an important person, event or time period in their life.Though this streetcar no longer runs, there is still a bus called Desire in New Orleans, and you’ve certainly seen streetcars or buses in other cities with similar, if less evocative, destination indicators: Uptown, Downtown, Shadyside, West End, Prospect Park.
Here are some tips on making a personal essay more effective: Focus on detail.
The writer’s job is to show, not tell, what happened.
If you are not already in the habit of reading other writers with an analytical eye, start forming that habit now.
When you run across a moment in someone else’s writing that seems somehow electric on the page, stop, go back, reread the section more slowly, and ask yourself, “What did she do here, put into this, or leave out, that makes it so successful?
The goal is to narrate this event or situation in a way that the reader can fully experience and understand.
This type of writing generally incorporates both narrative and descriptive writing, which are two of the main modes of writing.
This is the heart of this Coursera specialization in Memoir and Personal Essay.
Masters of both genres share tips, prompts, exercises, readings and challenges to help every writer imagine, construct and write compelling pieces of non-fiction's most popular form: the personal narrative.
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How To Write About Yourself..that someone else wants to read it!