In my Intro to Creative Nonfiction class we have been working with the personal essay and the multitude of forms that it can assume. We’ve read a number of sample readings ranging from just outside the normal to a tad more experimental. Our latest assignment was to create a small piece of personal writing based off one of the readings we had done over the weekend. Having read one entitled Zombie (written by Joyce Carol Oates), I was inspired to create a far more literal essay based around the concept of a zombie:
Basically my thinking went like this:
What would happen if at the tender age of five you were bitten by a zombie, but your life carried on exactly as it did, (save for the fact you were now a necrotic piece of flesh). None of your wounds would heal and your cells would not repair themselves. You would be left a walking billboard showcasing all the physical harm that had come your way throughout your life! Your entire body would be one big story!
Or better yet…a personal essay.