Types Of Short Personal Essays

If representing and exploring the real by writing in the genre of creative non-fiction is your goal, we hope these tips about what creative non-fiction is, as well as some pointers on a few genres that are considered creative non-fiction (memoir and the personal essay) can help you.

We have also included some tips about Writing Negatively About People in Your Life as well as links to some well-known examples of creative non-fiction to give you a sense of what is out there.

Generally, autobiographies are the life story or history of a person's life written by that person.

Though memoirs share some similarities with autobiographies, such as first person narration, they are more than a recounting of one's life events in chronological order.

Many students write narrative reports thinking that these are college essays or papers.

While the information in these reports is basic to other forms of writing, narrative reports lack the "higher order thinking" that essays require.

Instead, they can be descriptions of one single event or moment in one's life, rather than that life in its entirety, and tend to be written in a less structured or formal manner.

Memoirs have the capacity to be funny, profound, moving, cynical, etc., and may even have resemblances to fiction in their creativity.

When the writer uses this technique, he or she must be sure to include all the conventions of storytelling: plot, character, setting, climax, and ending.

It is usually filled with details that are carefully selected to explain, support, or embellish the story.

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