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The difficult art of personal narrative requires a narrowed focus. The author works toward an insight or defining truth that lifts and distills, from the large context, a focusing force. Then memory becomes an organizing principal of this ‘event, that scene, this problem, that discovery’ and determines structure.

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I’m from the UK and you mentioned The New Statesman, do you know of any other British sites that accept personal essays? Or do you think a US site would give me a chance?

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Thank you for the encouragement.

Dialogue never takes the full role it has in fiction. Its overuse when recalling the distant past questions writer credibility. Early childhood memories spun out in remembered dialogue is always suspect. Use quotes from diaries, letters, and other correspondence. Add verity in context. Track facts on time, culture and place. Seek concrete and sensory detail to illustrate and resonate. And when you decide to bring in dialogue use a light hand, as does Beth Kephart in the scene below.

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In Still Love in Strange Places, Beth Kephart explores the ties that bind her to her El Salvadorian husband and his homeland. Here is a vivid scene that includes dialogue:

Thanks for sharing this opportunity, Karin!

How does personal nonfiction narrative pull off factual scenes that illustrate and engage? They capture and describe the vivid moments, images, scenes and settings remembered. They use specific, concrete, particular details that appeal to the senses; the life blood of narrative.

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Hi there,
We don’t accept submissions like yours, but one of the publications mentioned in this post may be happy to receive your work!
Good luck,
Lisa Rowan

Lisa Rowan is a writer, editor and podcaster based in St. Petersburg, Florida.

I’m glad you liked the post, Gai. Best of luck with your pitches!

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I just checked out your blog. Great information. Thank you so much. I will look into this.

You go, Lucinda! Best of luck to you and your writing.

Our knees banged against each others knees. The pots, the pans, the Tupperware of onions, tomatoes, tortilla, fried chicken ricocheted about us freely. The jeep took the road like an amateur mogul skier, and down we flew, in only approximate parallel to the edge of the crusty cliff. “Look,” I shouted, over the din of the jeep, the deafening Spanish.