Writing tip: Essay ideas are all around us, from the great to the small. Start a journal that is devoted to “snippets from life”. Include overheard dialogue, character sketches, descriptions of places, childhood memories, musings, dreams, as they come to you. These are the ingredients of the personal essay – and sometimes so easily forgotten, if not written down! This article was taken from the course Essentials of Writing Personal Essays. Click here to register for the course now!