So you’ve made the commitment to write a creative nonfiction essay.
Maybe it’s for your blog or, if you’re lucky, someone is paying you to write about your experiences. Where do you draw the line between yourself and the research that you owe to your readers?
She doesn’t use fleshed-out examples from other people, instead opting to talk about a business fair she visits and the reluctance that strikes her when she forgets to bring business cards.
Yet her culturally-aware references to World War II, Mrs.
He received his Ph D in English Literature and Medieval Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.
There are 23 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page.If your experience is really the most important part of the essay, it may actually work better to just reference and allude to things.For an example of how to approach that, I recommend the essay “Song for the Special” by Marina Keegan.A lot of war journalism would fall under this category—this would be a piece from someone who likely has personal experience with the issue but also has anecdotes, statistics, or even photos to back up their claims. If your initial purpose in writing the piece was to give wider relevance to something that happened to you, then you’re in the creative nonfiction camp.This means you’re safe to rely upon your experiences, but that doesn’t mean you’re out of the woods yet.They are all related to one another, but they’re often separated into sections which allow the reader to alternate between subject, narrative voice, or time.An important takeaway from Walker is that the personal story is just one part of a nonfiction essay, whether or not you’re writing a braided narrative.Essentially, it’s a meditation on the ways in which each generation feels that it is special.At the same time, we as individuals fear that we don’t have something to offer to the world because it’s already been done by someone fifty years older and smarter than you.Crafting a Personal Essay Writing a Creative Nonfiction Book Composing Other Types of Nonfiction Revising and Editing Your Work Show 1 more... Article Summary Expert Q&A Related Articles References This article was co-authored by Christopher Taylor, Ph D.Christopher Taylor is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of English at Austin Community College in Texas.