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Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Which part of me came first, the analytic mind or the writer? I do not know the answer to this question but one thing I do know is that I tend to analyze things to death. I once had a colleague who told me to stop thinking. "Some things just are!" she said, "You don't need to think about things so much!" But I can't help it. Nothing and no one is just as they appear-not even God (or should I say, especially not God?).
So I analyze and I dissect, chew it up and nurse the thoughts until I have a nugget. I do this with every kind of writing. I'm still trying to find my niche but meanwhile I write about everything that crosses my mind (well, almost).
As a writer, I've been dabbling in just about every type of writing and genre, loving every minute of it and wondering when and in which slot I will eventually settle down.
I find much of my online writing falls under the essay category. Much of my life experience sets me up to do just that. I think that this aspect of writing is where I can be truest to my heart's cry as it is a more direct approach then poetry and fiction seem to be for me.
I met a new friend, Melinda, at my critique group. She is an essayist, who, as far as I can see, has a similar outlook and background to me-- though there are many differences that could be pointed out between our viewpoints and style. She is very sweet and yet has a skill for being direct and poignant. I think I have found another kindred spirit. (I've been blessed to meet several of those this year.) I look forward to reading her essays. So far, I've been blessed and surprised.
There are many places that essays can be used. Of course, you have online forums, magazines, newspapers or Christian publications. I blog most of my essays. What makes a good essay? How do you cater it for the market in which you wish to publish it?
Here are some links to help you get started. Leave me a comment on how you write essays and what your cause and motive are for writing them.