I was eager to start my new personal essay English 325 class this year because I love writing about myself. Our first essay assignment was to write about a person, any person. I immediately knew who I would write about: my brother Michael, the comedian. Michael is one-of-a-kind and I have enough stories about him to write an entire novel that would probably sell off the shelves on day one. He’s just that entertaining.
When I actually sat down at my computer and began to write, I was having major writer’s block. I had so much to say but I didn’t know the perfect way to say it. I wanted to paint a picture of Michael that would leave readers glowing with happiness just to have had the opportunity to see life through Michael’s eyes. At the same time, I wanted to showcase Michael’s little idiosyncrasies and deep thoughts. After reading through some essays written by top writers, I had a better idea of how to write my essay. I began with a scene summary from when Michael was just a small child:
“If you happened to look in the window of my childhood house and saw what my family did for after-dinner entertainment, you might have thought we were exploiting our youngest family member. You would have seen a short and stocky three-year-old boy running around half naked with his belly hanging out playing the air guitar and screaming so loudly to ACDC songs that his face turned a firey shade of red. It’s everyday episodes like these that could easily appear on America’s Funniest Home Videos. But to my family, it’s just part of our crazy, funny life with Michael. You don’t need a week, a day, or even an hour with him to know it’s going to be a good time. Everybody loves Michael.”
I continued to thread the “happy-go-lucky”, living life on the edge story line throughout my paper. Overall, I’m happy with the first draft of my essay. I think I used great direct scenes and detailed descriptions. However, I feel like the order of my essay is all over the place. We’re doing a writing workshop in class so hopefully I can get that part straightened out. I do have to say, I’ve had more fun writing this paper than I’ve had writing any other college essay. I guess personal essays are the perfect format for me!