Scott, Assistant Professor Pan African Studies Department - California State University, Northridge Northridge, California, June 19, There are occasions when you as a writer get to sound off, to give an opinion that does not have to be supported, documented, or even explained. Some of the forms that Personal Perspective essays take are "Letters," editorials, guest columns, speeches, and special assignments when the writer is asked to respond to a particular issue, subject, or the like. Sometimes the personal perspective is important because of the writer, who may be a celebrity like Spike Lee or Bill Cosby, a famous government official such as California Congresswoman Maxine Walters, or newsmaking personality like Reverend Jessie Jackson and Minister Louis Farrakhan.
What Is Personal Perspective, Really? And what is personal perspective? Is it the body I am in?
This physical, sometimes smelly, sometimes sunburnt, sometimes arthritic shell? Is it the color of my skin? The house I grew up in? This question of personal perspective concerns me because it seems to be the thing a writer is supposed to transcend when he or she writes a novel.
I am not a young man. I never have been a young man. So how do I write authentically from the point of view of a young man? How do I write authentically from the point of view of a poor girl who lives in a trailer park?
A boy who lives in a mini-mansion? My personal perspective is far wider than my childhood, my skin color, or my sexuality. Every one of my characters is a part of me. Not my shell, but my emotional experience.
Emotion knows no race, gender, or tax bracket. When a human being is sad, they are sad, and sadness is not limited to any one type of person. The same goes for love, happiness, anger, jealousy, and list-all-other-emotions-here.
I think we live in an allocated world. We like to have sections and subsections and keep everyone in tidy little boxes. I suppose I would fit in the white, raised middle-class, straight box. What is sad about these boxes is that once we put a human inside of one, we take away the possibility of them having experiences outside of the box we assigned to them.
In life, it leads to being a single-minded, judgmental meathead. In writing, it leads to stereotypical characters. Inventing authentic characters is about a lot more than what we can see from the outside.
And every one of my characters connects directly to my interior and my emotional experiences, of which I have had many. My characters are me. None of my characters are autobiographical, but every one of them is human and so am I.Personal Perspective essays are usually very interesting to read, however, because they almost always carry the stamp of the writer's personality prominently.
There is a checklist for writing a Personal Perspective essay. Aug 16, · Writing an essay about a personal experience or relationship can be a powerful way of both discovering the meaning of your own past and sharing that past with others.
When you write about something in your past, you have two perspectives: your perspective in the present and the perspective you had at the time the event caninariojana.coms: A reflective essay is an analytical piece of writing in which the writer describes a real or imaginary scene, event, interaction, passing thought, memory, or form — adding a personal reflection on the meaning of the topic in the author's life.
Thus, the focus is not merely descriptive. A personal essay is a short, flexible autobiographical work designed for academic admissions or employment.
Focus on what makes you the perfect fit. Write at least three drafts and ask someone. A New Perspective on Life Essay; A New Perspective on Life Essay. Words 2 Pages "Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes I hope to gain a new perspective on life from my college education.
I have loved my time in high school, but it is time for a change. I am ready to see new faces in new places. It has Personal Narrative - My First Trip to America. What Is Personal Perspective, Really?
An It’s Complicated! — Authentic Voices guest post by author, A.S. King. Writing outside of my “personal perspective” is easy because I am fascinated by human.