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Personal essays have rising tension, compelling characters, and mini-plotlines that push the reader toward a conclusion or a realization. A personal essay isn’t simply an anecdote but an in-depth exploration of a subject.
Essay categories include travel, parenting, grief, humor, satire, nostalgia, divorce, friendship, personal growth, and much more. Essays can cover a trip with your mother-in-law to Las Vegas or a midlife moment in the mirror.
The key to well-written creative nonfiction is in the use of scenes to convey the story. Creative nonfiction essays use less narrative and more scene-by-scene storytelling—a technique that pushes the sensory experience for readers.
When readers feel the action of an essay, they can make inferences, judgments, and emotional connections. They can experience the events with personal investment. Readers can then examine their own experiences in comparison.
“Creative nonfiction is an umbrella term. It is an easily accessible genre encompassing a multitude of forms such as the personal essay, the profile essay, participatory journalism, memoir, features, travel essays, biography, and inspired reportage on almost any subject. In short, creative nonfiction is the art of applying storytelling techniques to nonfiction prose. They are true stories that read like fiction.”
Ok. Also just just for the sake of argument. An essay presents an argument. I think a famous writing guru called Lajos egri said there are three parts. The thesis, antithesis and synthesis. This can be what is called the essay. He never says this can be applied to personal essays. But thesis is the argument, antithesis is the counter argument, and synthesis is the combination of both argument's merits leading to a conclusion. So if this is the case, poverty leading to crime, can be the theme at least Lajos Egri stated this premise. Analyzing it we divide it into these three parts. Every side has a merit, but also has a flaw. At the end the theme is resolved with the action of the story proving the point. His book is based on themes for movies. I read his book. I even own a bookrags study on it. It mentions his book is explicitly studying the theme of movies or plays. Which can then apply to stories. He mainly analyzes plays but he stated that premise when writing a story inside his book the dramatic art of writing. Which was studied at universities. My problem with the book is you need a good university education to get the most out of it. The hegelian dialetic applied to movies I wish I knew what it was. [While I haven't studied Hegel's theory of language, I know just enough enough to probably get me into trouble. I'm speculating somewhat, but I believe Hegel is a deconstructionist? Although, I don't think he went as overboard as Derrida. (But I could be wrong. Haven't read much about either.)] It's something worth googling in my spare time. [If it's a big interest, then may I suggest taking a class on the history of philosophy instead? Studying the turns in philosophy will give you an overview as to how they developed and what their relationship is to one another.] But this book is part of a curriculum in film schools. Poverty leads to crime is the thesis, [It's a false cause fallacy. It advances his case by getting attention, which means I'm implying he's using rhetoric and not logic. For what it's worth, I have a PhD friend who taught psychology for many years and from an academic conversation we had regarding morality, the family, and socioeconomic influences on habits on moral upbringing, this type of thesis has long since been debunked. However, what Ergi is perhaps trying to say is, if truth is a social construct, then he can claim whatever he wants and justify it as correct within a given social context. But truth--now that's the crux of the matter!] after that I guess on would have to if the book I interpreted is correct take the study of essays seriously as well. Too bad most of the stuff he analyzed is of tragedy and not comedy.
IMO after reading Mckee's book (story), a value is more than just a theme or argument needed to be proven. It is the change part of a scene, for example you can imagine a scene on ordinary life based on responsibility. Then include this change of fortune, the person became irresponsible. Why? [Polemics. No, I've not read Mckee, I'm just responding to your comments. Polemical argument drives an argument, increases the risk to the stakeholders involved, and would make the scene more dramatic. It's why we all loved Worf and Data but saw Riker as part of the furniture. I think there's a fallacy involved in this, too (refering to requiring polemical argument as a requirement in dramatic storytelling--not Riker), but what it might be is escaping me right now. For every argument there's a counter-argument, yet that doesn't mean the counter-argument need necessitate a 180-degree opposite. If you have done something you call 'good' and someone else says, 'Hey! That's wrong!' or evil or sick, and each synonym conveys a difference in meaning--but clearly, good and sick aren't opposites (sick and healthy are). What I'm trying to say is, a counter-argument doesn't have to state a polemical opposite to still get attention. For example, what might be worse tan calling your good thing evil (which I, at least, wouldn't believe) would be if they called your good thing 'mistaken' (note the shift in meaning here where the issue at hand becomes 'goodness' and doubt is cast on the person making the claim--yet it's not an ad hominem, it's in part a call for you to state your case how the thing is good). With the claim of 'mistaken', contra your claim of good, I think, is a good counter-argument because it's an attack against your claim regarding truth of the matter. Yet, just because an opposing claim (not opposite) is put forward, any claim is empty without the evidence to back it up. This means means the truth of the matter very well may be that your claim about whatever as good is true.] This makes a scene imo, since the status quo is interrupted. Or needs to be maintained.
Dialectics need to look up the definition. The link gives an example of what that is. It also defines conflict.
Here are some university notes on Lajos Egri to prove he had good points on theme which is what we are talking about.
There must be something to generate
tensions and create complication and this
something must be natural and organic.
The force that unifies is human character
and all of its contradictions
If there is a thesis, there must be an
antithesis. From the two will come a
synthesis, uniting the road to truth.
Whereas formal logic was rigid and
examined static relationships, dialectics was
the understanding of real life-processes of
motion, contradiction and change existing in
the material world
[Hmm. I may not know 'dialectics' in this guise, per se, but I know exactly what it's saying. Briefly, the advantage logic give us is that by it we may evaluate an argument for internal consistency in order to ascertain its validity and truth. What Marx is doing in converting truth as grounded within human nature (conventionalism) is bypassing truth as absolute and his manner of doing so is rather like how a Midieval sapper bypassed a wall. Let me focus my thoughts on truth. My best guess is this theory dialectics has proposed is appealing to the coherence theory of truth, which says the truth of the matter depends on the strength of its relationships. In other words, everything lies relative to another thing in a great, intricate and interrelated web. (Ironically, the Anglo-American version of this argument is one of my areas of interests, so I have studied it to some extent.) Personally, I'm a classicalist & appeal to the correspondence theory of truth. Here, the truth of an object belongs to the object, thus we may investigate the object to discover its truth qualities. I believe much of science operates in this fashion, although I haven't studied the philosophy of science so I can't say for certain. You may wish to add these theories of truth to your research list. By the way, if you aren't already using it, the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is an excellent resource.]
Laws of Dialectical
♦ Law of quantity into quantity and of quality into
♦ Unity of opposites (polarization-attraction)
♦ Negation of the negation
“Each is linked organically to the other as an
expression to a law which is felt in all grades of
consciousness and general experience”
The three main ingredients of Marx’s theory are:
- Productive Forces: natural resources and technology.
• Productive forces can change when there are discoveries,
Inventions, and conquests of other countries and colonization
of other lands.
- Mode of Production: economic system.
• The most important thing to look for in an economic system
is the relation between and the distribution of power among
the various classes.
- Ideological Superstructure: government, law, politics,
religion, art, literature, philosophy, science, etc.
Sorry for including all this information but it explains my example. The hegel and karl marx part are quoted from the internet.
An argumentative essay on poverty leads to crime which can be used as a good theme for a (the verb lead means its a premise that must be proved by the writer of the story) movie(https://www.ukessays.com/essays/criminology /how-does-poverty-cause-crime-criminology-essay.php). I will most certainly try everything.
So I have decided to read some personal essays and create some off my own. To eliminate writers block from never leaving the house. I assume it will be personal, a lot of the things I will be forced to write about that could serve as story material. But I was curious, does anyone practice this art to write stories? I picked up two books on personal essay writing. An anthology will arrive in the mail. This is far different from journalism, its much more structured maybe and there are some people who practice this with a lot of reputation. Whether it means they are versatile in writing stories I don't know. I am personally glad I bought a book that explained it as a technique to defeat writer's block.
I was thinking since there are free essay databases, essays can provide inspiration. There's this novel I am studying and its proving invaluable. (the themes and analysis of the plot and characters are good of the novel)
Forget the title writer's block for this thread. I think if we feed ourselves the information we need, we can get a good story going (as in a first draft).
Sorry for the lame title for this thread.