How to write an informal essay
Step 1: Formal and informal essays
In order to understand the difference between a formal and informal essay more clearly, let’s look at the table below.
|Characteristic||Informal Essay||Formal Essay|
The third-person pronoun
The writer's own life and daily activities
Historical experiences, literature, etc.
Personal and subjective
General and objective
Technical words, no jargons
Entertainment, thought expression
Evidence, theories, logical assessment
In a formal essay, the writer expresses their ideas quietly behind the words. In an informal essay, the speaker talks to the reader in a conversational manner.
When writing an informal essay, you do not need to engage in an academic writing process, but you should still avoid sloppiness.
Now that we know the general rules and definitions of an informal essay, we can continue with the steps to write a great one.
Step 2: Choose a topic
Informal essay topic tips
ImportantCreate a list of all the things about which you have a clear opinion. This list could include anything from your favorite movie, to your theories on life in space.
Put the list away for an hour after you’ve created it. Return to it later. Most probably, one topic will stand out to you more. Then, you can write about that topic. For this how-to guide, we are choosing the topic “why I stopped eating meat”.
Step 3: Create an outline
An informal essay does not need to follow a strict structure. However, it should still be coherent. Therefore, your outline does not need to be strict either. Just create one to help organize your thoughts.
Example of an informal essay outline
- Personal insights
- Thesis statement
- Body paragraph 1
- Opening sentence
- Referring to reader
- Body paragraph 2
- Personal touch
- Personal development
- Casual vocabulary
- Personal detail
- Concluding sentence
Step 4: Write an introduction
Informal essay introduction best practices
Before writing an introduction, you must first create an idea, identify a purpose, and collect information for the project.
The introduction of an informal essay should contain a thesis statement too.
Step 5: Write body paragraphs
Body paragraph tips
ImportantDo not overdo idioms, jargon, and phrasal verbs. It is still an essay, after all.
Step 6: Write a conclusion
In the conclusion paragraph, you will need to summarize your main points and make a clear final comment.