Do you have something to say? Say it—in an essay! As Aldous Huxley said, "The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything."
Essays can be about ideas, experiences, opinions, or all of the above. Essays can focus on you, the writer, or on someone—or something—completely different. Essays are nonfiction, but some essays—like one you'll read in this chapter—enter the realm of fiction.
For these reasons and more, essays are some of the most enjoyable of nonfiction texts—so let's get reading!