Who says Twitter is banal? Writer/essayist Roxane Gay (@rgay) gave an impromptu tweet-by-tweet, Q&A tutorial on how to write essays, which has been captured in its entirety.
…do you think essays have to have a specific "point"? Is comedy a good enough purpose?
Purpose matters in all things. Humor needs to give shape to an idea of some kind.
…but must there be a rhetorical point? Is expression of experience ever enough? ie,poems don't NEED a point, just a POV (in my opinion)
Why should someone care about the expression of experience? That's why purpose matters
Read the rest here: https://storify.com/iSmashFizzle/roxane-gay-on-writing-the-essay
And by all means, read her latest book of essays, Bad Feminist! I'm pretty sure that book will end up on my favorite books of the year list.