Writing Personal Essays!

Good ideas for a foray into mini-memoirs! Thanks, Beem.

Story Empire

Greetings, SE’ers! Beem Weeks here with you again. Today, I’m discussing personal essays as a form of storytelling.

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Writers tell stories. It’s the nature of the craft. The fun part is creating characters and worlds that would otherwise not exist. But what about telling stories involving characters that are (or were) very much alive?

Every person passing through this realm has a story. Even the most mundane of lives are worthy of remembrance. It’s why diaries and journals are kept. Thoughts, experiences, and the daily grind of life are jotted down, tucked away, and kept from prying eyes. But often, the information contained in a diary or journal acts as a witness to some long-ago (or recent) happening.

A personal essay can act as a non-fiction short story. It can also be viewed as a sort of memoir of an event or moment in the author’s life that carries meaning—significant…

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