What An Essay Can Do

On Essay Daily, Rebecca McClanahan collected a list of 72 words or "moves" that a work of creative nonfiction can attempt to do. An essay is not simply a recounting of facts. Like McClanahan's list points toward, an essay can do an inexhaustable amount of things.

"...narrate, describe, record, persuade, quote, document, ask a question, argue, inform, make a scene, weave, collide, list, sidewind, sidestep, skip a step, inventory, time travel, tell a tale within a tale, interview, meditate, speculate, ruminate, intrude, interrupt, deconstruct, reconstruct, reveal, talk back to an earlier self..."