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5 Things Your Personal Essay Needs To Have

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Editor's Note: Put Gilsdorf's advice into practice in his upcoming class, "Writing Great Scenes for Your Personal Essays"!

 

Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs—and tips to share—along the path to becoming a freelance writer.

October 21, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Take a Risk

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Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs—and tips to share—along the path to becoming a freelance writer.

Earlier this year, on the last day of one my writing workshops, I heard an interesting comment.

I was teaching a class on personal essays and op-eds, and on that final day, a student expressed this thought: “I think the essays we all wrote in this class were great, but they were kind of tame.”

August 19, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Why I Should Not Be Blogging Right Now

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Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs—and tips to share—along the path to becoming a freelance writer.

I shouldn’t be blogging now. I shouldn’t be checking my iPhone. I shouldn’t be doing anything but nothing.

You see, I’m on vacation. On an island. I best not reveal where.

July 18, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Reclaiming the Joy of Writing: Go Random

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By Ethan Gilsdorf

I think back to the time when I first began writing seriously. 

 

It was the summer after I graduated from college. I was free. I was determined. I had the fire in my belly.
 

Yes, I still needed to learn my craft. As a somewhat naive writer, I didn't know the different between a dactyl and a dangling participle

June 17, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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Five tips to get that op-ed out of your head and into the headlines

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By Ethan Gilsdorf

[Another entry in the monthly column, The Freelance Life, by Ethan Gilsdorf, about the trials, tribulations, triumphs --- and tips to share --- along the path to becoming a freelance writer.]

Everyone has an opinion. Everyone has an ax to grind.

At least that’s my experience. It’s natural to want to express your point of view about something—the plight of the Red Sox, the disaster that is health care, the evils of social media—and get up on that soapbox to tell the world.

April 15, 2014 | Ethan Gilsdorf

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