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You’re Missing The Point of Personal Essays

It isn’t about you

A woman looks at herself in the mirror
By javiindy on Adobe Stock Images

One of the first stories I had published was a personal essay, except I didn’t know it was one.

I’d never heard the term “personal essay” so I pitched it as my personal story. Which is pretty much what a personal essay is, right?

What I didn’t realize is a good personal essay is not really about you at all.

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