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The Struggles of Choosing a Topic

My first draft was about my cat and her injury of jumping on the wood stove. This was a good story, but it did not really tell the reader anything about myself except for the fact that I love cats. … Continue reading

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This I Believe

In writing a personal essay as in a “this I believe” essay, you have to be credential and have a good topic. Gornick says the writer “undergoes an apprenticeship as soul-searching…the twin struggle to know not only why one is … Continue reading

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The Personal Essay

Lopate’s introduction explains the qualities of successful personal essay. What most resonates with me is self-knowledge and sincere humbleness. If an author is genuinely humble when writing the personal essay, intimacy–“the hallmark of the personal essay”–is created. No reader wants … Continue reading

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The Intimate Personal Essay

The personal essay is supposed to be intimate with the reader in a way that sets up a relationship with them. At first this was confusing to me since I’m not sure how to be intimate to a reader through … Continue reading

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Considering Lopate

The personal essay to me, embodies the qualities of what Phillip Lopate would consider to be a good writer. When I write, I tend to use first person quite frequently. I will admit that sometimes I am too honest, even … Continue reading

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