Journal Entry #5

I learned in class that there are different ways to connect with a reader or your audience. Sometimes confessing about things one has done in their writing will buy the audience into believing in the writer, and feeling empathetic towards the writer. For example in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s personal essay “The Crack-Up,” he confesses that he is cracking at such a young age. He confesses about the things he’s done and thought about that are not approved by many. He confesses about his own desires, his depression and lack of motivation to on through life. His confession brings out a belief, because why would a writer confess anything about themselves if it were not true. Confessing is powerful, but there are other ways to connect with a reader such as a conversational tone, the use of “you” which places the reader in the experience and position of the writer, and a contrasting dialogue. “The Crack-Up” uses many of these strategies to make the audience understand the writer, but also keeps the reader’s attention throughout the narrative. What I learned in class can be applied to my own writing, such as confessing and using direct address. I can also use Fitzgerald’s personal essay to build my own personal essay, in order to have structure and rhythm.

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