An informal essay is usually written for leisure. However, this does not mean that an informal essay should not be informative. It should be informative and at the same time persuasive. However, it does not conform to most of the requirements of a formal essay but rather, it aids in expression of an observation, pleasure, opinion, or humor. Its style is relaxed but must retain acceptable structure although the structure is in most cases is flexible than that of a formal essay.
Another characteristic of an informal essay is that it is more personal whereas a formal essay may be personal to some extent, but all the personal opinions must be justified using facts and evidence. Additionally, the writer of an informal essay speaks directly to their readers like they are in a conversation whereas a formal essay writer presents himself as a silent character behind written words. As such, the writer is advised to maintain a sense of their personality when writing an informal essay. The writer should not shy away from use of academic tone, but at the same time should avoid slackness.
An informal essay conforms to the following structure. First, the essay must have an introduction just like any other essay. The introduction gives the direction of the essay by briefing giving a caption of what is expected in the body paragraphs. The introduction must be interesting in a way that will lure the reader to continue reading the body paragraphs of the essay. Remember this is an informal essay and thus, one is free to create some humor in the introduction as a way of luring the reader to continue reading. Also, the writer is highly advised to create an introduction that creates suspense for the reader, a situation that would make them read the whole essay in search of the answer to the suspense. In this case, the suspense becomes a hook to guide the reader into the essay. However, an introduction of an informal essay doesn’t end with a thesis statement like is the case of a formal essay.
The other part of an informal essay is the body paragraphs. The number of paragraphs depends on the required length of the essay. The writer should ensure that every paragraph ends with a suspense that will lure the reader to continue to the next paragraph with a quest of satisfying their curiosity. As such, the language used must be clear and concise. Additionally, the language used should be formal and must follow the required grammatical construction of formal sentences. This is mainly because of the required informative purpose of the essay. For it to be informative, the readers must understand it fully and thus must be free from ambiguity.
The last paragraph is always the conclusion. However, in an informal essay, the conclusion does not reinstate what have been discussed in the essay. Rather, the introduction serves as the climax of the essay by summing up of the issue under discussion. As such, the conclusion must inform the reader that the suspense instances present in the paragraphs have come to an end. Thus, their curious created by the suspense must be attended to by expressing the finality of the discussed situation or situations.
Some topic of an informal essay may include;
The most memorable day of my life
My favorite color