Write about a specific person or event that had a profound effect on your life. How did this person or event affect you? Why does your experience matter? In what ways does your experience connect to readers’ lives? Below are some questions that might give you a starting point for freewriting: What event/person had a profound effect on your life? Place this event/person in context. What background information is important to include about the person or event? In what ways did the event/person affect and shape you? How have you grown from the experience? In what ways does your experience connect to larger cultural, social, or human issues? Make sure your essay has a clear and specific thesis—a main idea that is carried throughout the essay. Use sensory desсrіption, giving details that allow the reader to picture the scenes. Slow down the important moments, and think about how your experience connects to readers and to the world in a broader sense. Personal essay may be writing that is personally about us, but it is not for our eyes only. Therefore, it is important to consider audience and how your words and ideas are related to the human experience.