Each spring he walks this same path searching for wildflowers and the mysterious green umbrellas, whose real name he never knew, sprouting up from the forest floor.A smaller part of his woods inhabit the back of the property.
========== HIS BOYHOOD by Rick Taubold He remembers that one sad summer he came home from college.Starting off a piece of writing with an anecdote about a person can work well to catch reader’s interest, because we all like stories. I’ve been listening to the radio [...] I heard the Englishman speck [...] I’m glad they accepted the surrender terms. All right good – bye." (David Mc Cullough – Mama’s Boys) Sometimes you may remember an incident from your own life that might make a good opening anecdote.The biographer David MC Mc Cullough uses an anecdote about Harry Truman’s mother to begin an article about several highly successful men for whom a strong relationship with their mothers was extremely important. Here the novelist and essayist Barbara Kingsolver does just that in the first paragraph of her essay about how much friendlier people in Spain are toward children than are people in the United States by telling about potentially offensive incident to which many women can immediately relate, Kingsolver catches her readers" attention and draws them into the body of her essay; As I walked out the street entrance to my newly rented apartment, a guy in maroon high tops and a skateboard haircut approached making kissing noises and saying, “Hi gorgeous.But his favorite things are the nine wild cherry trees.As spring arrives, he waits for their blossoms to make dark, sweet promises.It generally details a personal experience, and as with any other type of essay, may express opinion or a lesson the author learned.Personal essays tend to be more intimate than straight essays.From Rick: Next week, Scott and I will delve into the topic of marketing and discuss things that can help, or hinder, your sales.Last week we talked about CONFLICT in fiction, and I promised to discuss the differences between a story, an anecdote, and an essay. This is a factual piece, usually written for a magazine, newspaper, or a reference source.His tight-laced leather boots crunch the frozen leaves and twigs.Next to his woods, silhouettes of winter weeds caress the snowy field that spreads out velvet-blue in the twilight.