The Masterful Essay
In This Chapter
You might think the writing of a truthful nonfiction piece—an essay—would be an undertaking that would appear and remain close to the heart. Not necessarily so. In fact, it has often been said that the key element in any essay is finding a measure of distance from your experience, or learning to stand back, narrow your eyes, and scrutinize your own life with skepticism.
Distance is important because it helps authors separate themselves as living, breathing people from ...