Sep 062018
 

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I understand if you are 
reading this, you want colleges to beg you to come to their school. These steps can help you stand out from the competition. Imagine a group of professors, staff members or student assistants sitting in a dimly lit room with stacks of entrance essays looming above them. They have read it all.

This scene is an echo of every writing assignment, every author’s plight, every submission to an editor. How to make the cut, the sale, the publication—that is the question. In all forms of journalism, even letter writing defining your audience and hooking them to engage in your cause is first and foremost.

Like a letter home to your parents asking for more money, an outstanding college application essay needs to:

• Be engaging at the start (hook reader)
• Which means you need to know your reader
• Reveal something unique about who you are
• Get personal
• Connect with your reader
• Show your grit (raw determination)
• Express how you think and what you value
• Have a sharp focus
• Be memorable


Always avoid one of the killer essay pitfalls: listing accomplishments and activities.

Five tips for writing your own college application essay:

1. Share a personal life story similar to those in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies or my book, Cruisin’ Thru Life ~ Dip Street and Other Miracles. If you include a personal story in your essay, you can showcase your personality traits and your core values. In a letter to your parents, you can show them the reasons for needing more money.

• You can engage your essay audience in the beginning by using an anecdote.
• Your essay is personalized when you include a real-life story full of emotions.

2. Include a story with a problem: To ensure your essay will be engaging, memorable and will define who you are: Explain what you learned from the experience. If you include a few personal narratives in your essay, you reveal how you think, reason and what you value. Then when you analyze what you learned in the process, you reveal your ability to learn and grow, think, reflect, and question all of life’s experiences.

• Show your ability to problem solve
• Learn from your mistakes
• Seize the day
• Face life with determination
• Be creative
• Show your grit

3. The third tip in writing your essay requires that you take a life lesson beyond how it affected you. By slipping in other lessons you reveal more depth of your personality and life experience. Choose stories that show:
• Critically and reflective thinking.
• How you intend to use what you learned in your future goals and dreams
• Sorties that present yourself as someone who is forward-thinking, ambitious and caring.

4. Weave in other examples where you learned and changed your life for the good.

  • Choose stories that show different character traits

5. Express how you plan to use what you learned in your future life.

  • Add stories that show what you learned and expand on how this will help in the future.


While practicing the craft of writing a college application essay for the school of your dreams, write and submit stories to www.ChickenSoup.com. They might pay you $200 for tomorrows assignment.

Erase all the crude things you’ve posted on social media and add some of your stories to your sites. You’ll be amazed at how friends and family will share their stories and this will trigger your memory of small events that will enhance your essay.

If nothing else, this personal narrative form of writing is an excellent method to use to ask your parents for more money next year.

Dec 112017
 
Mama's Vocabulary

Do you ever find yourself searching for a word your mama always used and it’s not in any dictionary? I “swannee” it drives me crazy. I get downright “flustrated” and waste hours searching.  Take the verb wauller. “Peggy Arlene, don’t wauller around in that mud.” Hours later, when I finally decide “wallow” is as close as [read more…]

Oct 252017
 
Standing in High Cotton

Standing in “high cotton,” under the big Texas sky –a beautiful soul– this sweet lady is just one of so many who grew my faith. If you see anything good in me it’s because people like Mona and Nelson modeled Jesus to me and hundreds more teenagers. We grew up in high cotton. “Standing in [read more…]

May 142017
 

Thinking of home, Tulia, Texas, when Prom was in the gym and the junior class did the decorations and dressed in ridiculous costumes to serve dinner. Remembering my beautiful sister, Ouida (red dress)and the fun. We dressed in the hoop formal and “flip” hair- styles. We ended the big night dragging Dip Street and maybe a [read more…]

Jan 102017
 
My Birthday Person 2017

Today I’ve been blessed with so many bithday wishes. The way I have celebrated my birthday for over 30 years now is to have a Birthday Person(s) to thank and honor as someone who has blessed my life. My birthday persons for 2017 are two of my first cousins. First cousins share your early childhood [read more…]

Dec 222016
 
Forgot a Gift? Download it!

We’ve all had it happen. You sit around the Christmas tree and realize–you forgot your brother-in-law, step-mother, middle-child of your third cousin.  Ebook are a life safer! And it just so happens… TADA! ….Teach Writing Without a Pencil is out on Kindle $2.99. Excellent for grandparents who like to play car games with their grandchildren, [read more…]

Jul 142016
 
Book Signing Tomorrow in Tulia

I will be signing Spy Cam One in Tulia tomorrow around 5:30 ish .  The new sign for author visits may be used as a shade tree. LOL 111 degrees there.  I will also have copies of Crusin’ Through Life~Dip Street and Other Miracles. Tulia’s most famous twins will  be singing and David Nall will [read more…]

Jul 142016
 
Proud to Be Story of the Day

Scanning  my email this morning, I was about to delete those newsletters and daily items I don’t read while rushing to a full day. Then  the title “What’s So Funny” took me by surprise. I realized that was my title, our wedding story and it was highlighted as the story of the day to their [read more…]

Jan 192016
 
Great to be Interviewed by Laura Smith

Interview about Peggy Purser Freeman Click here to read the entire interview. My favorite question: What’s the best compliment that you’ve ever received about your writing? Please click on the link an read the interview as a personal favor to me.