Conflicted on which essay to focus on, each has its merits:
1. Short Story- Always comes up ( tough to get high marks )
2. Personal Writing- Always comes up ( most common choice of essay )
3. Descriptive Essay- Doesn't always come up ( tough titles + high standards )
4. Other nonsense which I won't be choosing will also appear (unfortunately)
Looking for thoughts,opinions, suggestions or advice on which essay to do, and preferably with your reasoning explained. Lets try keep this intellectual folks. (i.e. No floozies or spam )
I find the short stories good because you can really come up with anything you want. In personal writing, I find it difficult to write personally about something that I don't/have not experience(d). This doesn't happen in short story writing, which is a guaranteed question in S2.
Also the other nonsense could be anything you like. For example in 2014 'A Tattered Coat' was one title. I wrote a short story about someone dying and I only referenced the tattered coat as a simile for the appearance of this person. However, a descriptive and even personal essay could have suited here.
Oh. Well this is leaving cert. I'll excuse myself...
Choose the type of composition you're strongest at for example I really like doing personal essays as I find them easier to write as I can draw on personal experiences rather than trying to wrack my brain for something imaginative for the short story. I know it's the most common choice but that shouldn't matter if you make yours stand out. Also articles are a good option too if the topic is nice. Either way it all depends on the options given to us in June, the title of the personal essays might not suit you at all and the short story could be perfect for you or vice versa. So it's it's important to know the different structures of the different compositions and to have them practised so you can attempt any of them but again I would stick to what you know best if you can.Hope this helps!