Continuing with Guest Blogger, Susan Bono, here are building blocks for writing personal essay, or memoir.
Problem: give yourself a problem
Struggle: problem creates conflict
Epiphany: after struggle, a flood of new understanding
Resolution: what you do differently as a result
Many essays begin with a clear, straightforward statement of intent. All essays have an implied thesis and should have a clear angle —a particular way of approaching and narrowing the subject matter. For example, notice how the following statements could shape your narrative from the start.
I want to tell you how ______________changed my life. (Universal statement: this is the basic scaffolding for every personal essay)
I learned about ________from ___________.
I thought I would never learn to love ____________.
We’ll continue this exploration of personal essay and memoir over the next few days with intriguing writing prompts suggested by Susan Bono.