Essay Collection Titles: How the Colon Got Its Groove Back

I’ve been thinking lately about writing a collection of essays. In her book, Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg writes: “When you want to write in a certain form—a novel, short story, poem—read a lot of writing in that form. Watch how it is paced. What is the first sentence? What makes it finished? When you read a lot in that form, it becomes imprinted inside you, so when you sit down to write, you write in that structure.”  

With this in mind, I promptly began researching essay collections to read for next week.  Below are a few of the collections that came highly recommended by strangers all over the Internet.

I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Don’t Get Too Comfortable: The Indignities of Coach Class, The Torments of Low Thread Count, The Never-Ending Quest for Artisanal Olive Oil, and Other First World Problems by David Rakoff

And the list goes on.

Thus far, I’ve learned that when writing a collection of essays, your title must involve a colon and a subtitle. 

Do you have a favorite essay collection that I should read? Leave it in the comments for me so I can check it out!


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