“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”
The stranger the times, the more the personal essay shines. Not to be confused with the boring essay we learned to crank out in 6th grade, nor the over-written plea included in our college application, the best personal essay is passionate, eccentric, provocative, and about one inch from coming off the rails. Which makes them a blast to write. Come with ideas, leave with a better sense of your voice, true subjects, point of view, and power.