ENGL 123 Week 2 Discussion: :The Use of Personal Anecdotes and Sense Details
Personal anecdotes, “mini-memoirs,” are very brief stories about a personal experience or incident that can serve a variety of purposes. For example, anecdotes, frequently used in introductions, can attract your reader’s attention, add a personal touch, make your reader ponder a topic more, provide a lesson, set the stage for the rest of the writing, etc. Essentially, personal anecdotes can establish your credibility (ethos), engage your audience emotionally (pathos), and provide an example to support a point (logos).
Share a personal anecdote about yourself with your classmates about a lesson learned, your personal credo, a memorable day, an embarrassing moment, or a funny incident. Since anecdotes should be brief, keep your anecdote to no more than 350 words. Use active verbs (i.e., raced, dabbled, screeched, stumbled, ranted, laughed, etc.) instead of passive verbs (i.e., was laughing, were singing, became, seemed to be, etc.).
Be sure to post your initial post early in the module week. After you have posted, go back to the discussion and read several of your classmates’ responses. Respond to at least two postings.