Category: Personal essay

Personal essay

May 23 2019
Teresa Ferguson

A personal essay is usually based on personal experience through which you have grown or changed. Unlike formal writing, a personal essay does not have to prove anything. Here are some elements of personal essay: Central theme This is the main point or idea behind the narrative. The narrative may be about a unique event, but the theme is a universal truth to which anyone can relate that informs the narrative. Epiphany An epiphany is a moment of sudden realization or awareness of the truth. An “aha!” moment in the essay. A personal narrative may contain multiple epiphanies in varying degrees. Suspense Try to write in a way that keeps your reader wanting to know what will happen next. If your readers already know how everything is going to turn out in the first paragraph, why should they continue? Climax As with fiction, a personal narrative works towards a climactic event, a turning point, or moment of action to which the narrative builds. This is the highest point of tension in an essay. Sometimes the climax can also result in a moment of epiphany. Self-honesty Effective personal essays will reveal moments of vulnerability or weakness. Honesty is key, even if that honesty is revealing or a little hard to admit. Remember you’re in charge of how much you reveal, and you should not violate another person’s privacy by revealing sensitive information about him or her. Description Create the sensory images and emotions of your experience so that your reader knows…