The A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post 26 articles on a themed topic. It’s supposed to be every day except Sundays during the month of April but I find that too busy and decided to post mine ‘about’ once a month. Yes, it’ll take me a couple of years. Sigh.
My topic, like the last three times, is writing genres.
written for pleasure to help organize thoughts on a topic, to reflect on readings, to express different points of view. Also known as ‘personal essay’ and ‘familiar essay’.
- These are short writings curated by theme.
- This is often about personal experience but not always.
- The format is traditional–introduction, body, and concluding paragraphs–but flexible.
- It may be fiction but still follows general informal essay rules.
- It may be reflective rather than informational.
- Can be any length though they do tend to be shorter than longer.
- By their nature, they don’t have to be published in a traditional book. Any method of publishing is fine as long as it collects the themed essays into one easy-to-access spot. Andrew at Andrew’s View of the Week suggested informational informal blogs
- Be well familiar with your topic.
- Writing should show your personality and attitudes.
- An example of topics:
- The Best Journey of My Life
- The Point in My Life Where I Would Start Over
- The Perfect Woman/Man, Marriage and Divorce
- My Religion
- The Celebrities Give Us Bad/Good Examples
- The “Delights” of Our School Cafeteria
I confess, I struggled with examples of this genre. Any additional ideas?
- Libre Paley by Libre
- Nature Tails by Gabychops
- Essays of E.B. White by E.B. White
- Essays of Virginia Woolf by Virginia Woolf
- Franklin as a Chess Player by Anonymous
- Portraits and Observations by Truman Capote
BTW: If the book you’ve written fits into any of these genres, let me know in the comments and I’ll include you, the book title, and where to purchase it.
More I Genres:
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, the Man vs. Nature saga, and the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, blog webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Laws of Nature, Summer 2021.