Tuesday, June 12, 2007

What's so Great About Essays?

I love blogging! It's such a treat to sit down and write whatever I feel like without having to adhere to specific writing rules. I can write about one thing in one style today, and write about something completely different in a totally unique style the next. There is a freedom in it that is much like writing an essay--another form of writing that I've always enjoyed.

For me, writing essays has always been more fun than work. In fact, in high school and college, while many people were griping about essay tests, I was giddy inside with excitement. I knew I had a much better chance at scoring more points with an essay than I could by testing other ways. It almost always meant an A. Send that essay test my way!

Besides the opportunity to excel academically as a student, I enjoy essay writing for other reasons. For me, essays are a fun way to express my own opinion. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not always outwardly opinionated and I don't get all worked up if someone has a different opinion than me, but sometimes it's just nice to express what I think. Nobody thinks exactly as I do and that's a beautiful thing. Essays are an expression of individuality.

I also really love how much I learn when I write an essay. I learn about the world around me, but I also learn more about who I am, what I love, and how I think and feel about important things. Sometimes it's learning about specific topics, and sometimes it's about things like love, equality, and being the best person I can be, but always it's about learning.

Another thing that's really neat about essays is how you can take any topic and make it interesting--I think that's the human element in this sort of writing. Take foot fungus for instance. It isn't exactly a topic of great interest to most people, but once it's connected to another human being in an interesting way, then it's fun to read. "How my high school friend started a foot fungus epidemic," might be pretty funny! You can easily incorporate foot fungus facts into a story like that, and keep your reader's attention.

Whether it's personal experience or human emotion that makes an essay interesting, it's about feeling connected. I like feeling connected with people, and I like the idea that someone is feeling connected to me because of something that I've written. So if you haven't already, try getting connected and write an essay to share with the world!


Harmony said...

Hmmm, I wonder if your advice about foot fungus will work for mucus plugs? I have an article to write about them -ugh

sylvia c. said...


This is exatly what my new non-fiction books project is about.

I am loving the way I can share my personal stories but, hopefully, share with the reader a new way of seeing life!

Great "essay!"

Sylvia C.

Lisa Vella said...

LOL! Harmony, with an essay, the sky is the limit!

Sylvia, what a fun project to work on! I wish you luck with that and hope to read it in print some day!

Matthew C. Keegan said...

I've always excelled at writing essays but never did well with questions with multiple choice answers. Even when the test said, "select the best answer," I would often find what I thought was the best answer, but clearly I was in the wrong as shown when I got my graded test back!

Yes, choosing your style when writing your next blog entry is fun too -- adhere to standards du jour.

sylvia c. said...

Hey Lisa,

I just wanted to let you know I tagged you for a meme...so, if you want to participate, check it out at my blog!

Hope you are having a great weekend!


Sylvia C.

Michi said...

Essays were always fun for me, too. I loved writing and got good grades in it (of course I was branded a nerd and it was upsetting, but I'm mostly over that now!).

And you are right, blogs and essays have a lot of similarity. I really enjoy blogging. There's always something to write about...but I'll pass on the foot fungus, thanks. :o)