Others might want to construct their essay topically – going from one subject to the next – which is the method most often used in profile essays written for magazines. Your goal for this essay is to engage the reader and make them feel like they're there.To achieve this, use lots of small details – something we'd have noticed if we were there.Note how the subject of the essay is established early – in a ten-paragraph essay, by the second paragraph, you already kind of feel like you know the person it's about. It will be easier to write if the subject (in the case that it is a person) immediately seems to have had remarkable experiences (celebrity, veteran, casino robber), but essays where the subject is not immediately intriguing can be very interesting to read, and the opposite is true as well – it's all in the hands of the writer.
I enjoy Madmen, Woody Allen films circa 1980’s, and Howard Stern, when I could still tune in on my apparently outdated non-XM car radio. About him I’d like to meet a man who is open and honest, even with the hard stuff.
I tweet, can update my Facebook status and blog, but still prefer to connect to people the old-fashioned way. We’d be comfortable together, laughing, dancing, traveling, or playing tennis (go easy on me – I’m just learning).
Unless this is a special case, you'll need to interview the subject of your essay in person. Aim for the questions that are broad and open-ended, starting with who, what, where, when and why.
Yes or no questions should be kept to a minimum, since there's always a risk that your subject will be quiet and you'll end up burning through your questions and them just nodding or shaking their head instead of providing proper answers.
In fact, a clear point of view on the person and the events that transpired will make for a better essay and a figuring out a “dominant impression” is key in profile essays.
Just like in essays you've written before, you have to make a statement and present arguments to back it up.
Writing a profile essay is difficult work – in just a few pages you have to establish a character, their environment, what makes them tick and your opinion on it all.
But this work can be fulfilling, and, for many, a welcome chance to flex their writing muscles. The first step of writing a successful profile essay is reading other profile essays.
You won’t find me wallowing in self-pity, but you will find me swimming against the tide.
My love of travel has taken me from a AM visit to the bustling fish market in Japan to walking the steep hills of San Francisco (my aching calves were well-earned).
Right now, I’m reading “The Power of Now”, “Life is a Verb”, and “Daring Greatly”. I’m interested in a partner to share the wonders of life, someone who appreciates the small as well as the grand moments, a man who has a high energy level, who’s honest and open, and has a very positive outlook on life. About me I don’t sweat the small stuff, but I do enjoy the afterglow of sweating on my morning beach walks.