Essay Writing

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What is an essay?

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Where do you publish?

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I Need Advice, Please

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Comment by Nichole L. Reber on May 31, 2012 at 2:07pm

Anna L: Your quandary over the all-but-invisible lines between the genres is exactly what has happened to my work this week. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about something in my journal. Last weekend it was suppose to become a brief blog post about homesickness. That blog morphed into an essay when I realized that it was actually a chapter of my book. Taken as a whole, that would-be blog post returned me to writing the book, caused me to unplug from the world, to unload the writing that had ached for release like a whitehead pimple. IOW, I can most certainly relate. What I've decided to try is to keep writing this book, especially since I'm on my final third. Once it's finished I can parcel essays from it for publication or break off smaller chunks like blog posts. Is that something you're thinking? I'm doing this to meet goals I've set but also to build platform. Anyone else going or gone this route?


Comment by Nichole L. Reber on May 31, 2012 at 1:56pm

Hey Julie F: Thanks for sharing those links. Looking forward to delving into them.

Comment by Nichole L. Reber on May 31, 2012 at 1:55pm

Penny: Contests will specify if they want the piece character- or narrative-driven. But that's only for specific contests. Just as fiction is driven by characters or the narrative, so is nonfiction. I don't know of any publications that favor one over the other. Instead I find pubs are more concerned with memoir over essays or vice versa. Best of luck.@NicholeLReber

Comment by Penny J. Leisch on May 31, 2012 at 12:08pm

I'd like some comments from people in this group who've published creative nonfiction. When I see contests that have that category in the list, I'm often unable to find a way to tell whether they want a good narrative piece or want it to read like a novel with the characters telling the story and little narration. Of course, I look for previous winners and whatever other info may be tracked down. I love narrative writing, but the works I've had published were all character driven because that's what the publisher wanted. I'd like your advice.

Comment by Nancy Mueller on May 27, 2012 at 9:09pm

Remembering the USS Arizona Memorial on its 50th anniversary:

Comment by Sayantani DasGupta on May 24, 2012 at 6:10pm

She Writer Anjali Enjeti has a fab new column on her blog: she's asking writers one question: When Do You Write? My answer -- as someone who Writes while Parenting -- joined the conversation this week. Would love to hear from other SheWriters: When do YOU write?

Comment by Julie Farrar on May 22, 2012 at 3:06pm

@Anna - I just came from the 1st nonfiction writing conference at Ashland University this past weekend.  We discussed many of those questions you had about definition of the essay/journalism/memoir.  They will probably have a second annual one, so you should watch for it.

While at the conference I didn't have time to come here and post, so here are a couple -- playing with language -- defining "nonfiction"

and on the way home I slowed down to see some quilt barns -- a melding of two American icons

Comment by Anna Leahy on May 22, 2012 at 12:30pm

I'm looking into ways to get my work into the wider world, and I'm also thinking about what differentiates chapter and essay, creative nonfiction and journalism, and whether my blog posts are essays (I think they are). Here's my latest co-written piece. It's at The Huffington Post:

Comment by Julie Farrar on May 9, 2012 at 1:55pm

Was playing a writing game that required me to think of things that start with J.  Find out why and how it led me to France

Comment by Julie Farrar on May 7, 2012 at 7:52pm

@Melissa -- a great piece.  When I was teaching I tried to get my students to understand that I don't give an A for effort.  Their boss won't give them a raise just for showing up.  It's just a fact of life, no cheering section follows us around in our daily lives.

Today I wrote about 5 books that inspired me to blog and to travel well.  What books inspire your writing (or travel)?


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