Getting Personal

Montante, Sarah
September 2004
Literary Cavalcade;Sep2004, Vol. 57 Issue 1, p40
If one think that the summer-vacation essay one wrote in second grade is a personal essay, think again. String a bunch of them together and all one have are more sentences. The goal of the personal essay is to help the reader walk a mile in one's shoes. Before one bombard one's reader with all his thoughts, feelings, and memories, it's important to provide some background so that when one do get into the details of his experience, one's reader can place them in context. If total freedom to choose one's topic scares all the good ideas out of one, then using one of these writing prompts will help get the words flowing. Writing a response to literature. INSET: FINDING A TOPIC.


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