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Award winning essayist Scott Russell Sanders once compared the art of essay writing to "the pursuit of mental rabbits"—a rambling through thickets of thought in search of some brief glimmer of fuzzy truth. While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with ...
Award winning essayist Scott Russell Sanders once compared the art of essay writing to "the pursuit of mental rabbits"—a rambling through thickets of thought in search of some brief glimmer of fuzzy truth. While some people persist in the belief that essays are stuffy and antiquated, the truth is that the personal essay is an ever-changing creative medium that provides an ideal vehicle for satisfying the human urge to document truths as we experience them and share them with others—to capture a bit of life on paper.
Crafting the Personal Essay is designed to help you explore the flexibility and power of the personal essay in your own writing. This hands-on, creativity-expanding guide will help you infuse your nonfiction with honesty, personality, and energy. You'll discover:
Introduction: The Personal Essay, Here and Now 1
Part 1 Writing The Essay
1 The Gentle Art of the Personal Essay 4
2 The Personal (Not Private) Essay 7
3 Writing the Memoir Essay 26
4 The Woolf and the Moth 38
5 Writing the Contemplative Essay 51
6 A Closer Look: "Leisure," by Agnes Repplier 59
7 Pursuing Mental Rabbits 75
8 Writing the Lyric Essay 92
9 Of Conflict 99
10 A Closer Look: "Ah Wilderness!" Dinty W. Moore 113
11 Writing the Spiritual Essay 132
12 Who Am I Today? 139
13 Writing the Gastronomical Essay 152
14 Writing the Humorous Essay 159
15 A Closer Look: "Pulling Teeth," Dinty W. Moore 166
16 Write What you Wish you Knew 172
17 Writing the Nature Essay 186
18 Writing the Travel Essay 193
Part 2 Reaching Readers
19 On a Regular Writing Routine 200
20 Blogging and the Essay 208
21 Red Light, Green Light: Tips for Conquering Writer's Block 214
22 On Becoming an Excellent Rewriter 219
23 On Publication, Rejection, and Being Stubborn 226
Appendix A "Of Idle People who Rove About" Dinty W. Moore 234
Appendix B Recommended Readings for Writers 245
Appendix C Web Sites for Essay Writers 251
Posted March 2, 2011
The book "crafting the personal essay" is an informative manual with the sole purpose of helping the reader write more creatively and more interestingly. This is a well thought out book that will easily provide the reader with instructions to "craft" the better essay. From cover to cover he teaches the idea that the personal essay is ever changing and to break free of the rigid structure English instructors enforce, to write for the public, and to know one 's self. From these key ideas he shows how to spark ideas into essays whether it be from the importance of a minute detail from a memory to the quarks of one's personality. All the while solidifying it with examples, excerpts, and exercises so that any reader may write to fully engage their audience in the meaning and purpose of the writing. He writes from a personal level to provide the most instructive guide that's also very easy to comprehend. Because of that I would suggest this book to people who struggle to create the writing they truly want. All in all, the entire book "crafting the personal essay" is a great book for those who are eager to improve their writing.
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