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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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Great suggestions. Thank you! I’m trying to get the word out about my upcoming book, Overcoming OCD: A Journey to Recovery, and essays are a great way to do that!
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.
Your list was very helpful-thanks!
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.