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Personal Essays a Creative Muse — that’s the Point!

Updated on April 7, 2015

Wondering how to write a personal essay? Is your personal essay due this weekend? If so, how do you go about writing one? Influential, astounding, and interesting personal essays are “reader-friendly essays” that keep the reader evenly in focus.

A personal essay is a part of writing that talks about a given topic from the writer's own perception, generally including some instances from life experiences to support the main thoughts. The writer’s subject can be about anything that he is passionate about. It can be a life changing experience “turning point” or a momentous, or hardship, death, illness, annulment. The goal is to relate this incident or situation in a way that the reader can fully experience and appreciate. The personal essay is every so often a free-trundling device of self-expression. Personal essays are both descriptive and narrative the two modes of writing.

A personal essay is a wide-ranging essay that often includes a variety of writing styles. While writing a personal essay the subject chosen must provide the writer with substantial personal implication or a message learnt. A writer must keep in mind he not only will be reflecting or remembering an instance, making a point where readers can appreciate the truth. Otherwise, the story is just a story.

Interesting Topics and Tips for Writing Personal Essay

Some interesting topics for writing can be:

  1. Personal experience
  2. Anecdote
  3. Theme
  4. Concern
  5. A memory
  6. Happening / Incident

Tips on making a personal essay more effective:

  • Be careful with verb tense
  • Focus on detail
  • Use vivid details
  • Connect the beginning and the ending
  • Include sensory detail
  • Connect the incident/person/place to a greater impression
  • Be truthful and honest, state the facts and evidence.

Make every word count. End your essay by shining a new light on the main point you started with, or leave the reader with something interesting to think about. The writer shows details, don’t tell the readers the sunrise was breathtaking, describe it. Add senses to the description smell, sound, taste, touch and sight. Determine how the particulars come together to create the thesis, by going into details of the importance of it. You can experiment with the prose with relaxed structure. Use quoted language there is nothing like creating an impression that is real, the person who reads not only reads and sees, they hear. Don’t let the voice talk for very long in your paper; it will sound weird taking over.

How to Choose a Topic

A writer must choose a topic he is interested and passionate about, which resulted in a lesson that is learned or provides personal meaning. It can be an interesting, humorous, sad, surprising, superb occasion. The goal has to be to make others learn, laugh, empathize, hope, with what is written. The readers must identify the universal theme and with what you have written such as love, grief, hard work, death, bravery, courage, and wisdom.

  • Answer the 5-Ws: Who? When? Why? What? Where?
  • Brainstorm the topic by creating subtopics
  • Map your topic, creative thinking it is
  • Narrow your topic to something beguiling
  • Ensure the topic has a universal theme
  • Write about personal experiences that have taught you a lesson

To conclude, keep the speech brief which is how the speech is in real life, after all. Use conservative spelling, and don't leave out letters or try recreating a spelling. Allow the point to grow out of the experience of the essay don’t be subtle that no one gets it, either. A good tip would be to have someone else read the essay to ensure the impression that is got from the content the way it is presented.


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