“A writer who has his sights trained on the Nobel Prize or other earthly triumphs had best write a novel, a poem, or a play, and leave the essayist to ramble about, content with living a free life and enjoying the satisfactions of a somewhat undisciplined existence.”
Of all forms available to the writer, the personal essay is the most liberating, in my view. The essayist is a perennial observer of the world, as well as a researcher, narrator, character, philosopher, traveler and commentator. She can experiment with language and create something that begins and ends in one sitting. Essays are fun to read aloud, and enjoy a lively market in popular and literary magazines. More than anything, the personal essay enables the writer to leave something behind that may be of value to posterity, if only to remind the world that there were once such objects as eight-track tapes, switchboard operators and slide rules.
Here, you will find essays that I refer to as musings about life, writing and the writing life. Often, I’ve included commentary after each essay. I’ve tried to imbed thought-provoking writing tips or insights relevant to the writing life, after many of these brief essays. Each one has been its own journey.
Begin by reading a brief memoiristic essay about writing memoirs, “Start with the Squirrels.” Then, take a short journey with me. Scroll the essays on the menu, MUSINGS about writing, life and the writing life. I’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org