An Introduction to Informal Writing: Informal vs. Formal
An Introduction to Informal Writing: Informal vs. Formal What is an informal essay? An informal essay is written for enjoyment. The overall writing style is relaxed, and there is less emphasis on a rigid structure. An informal essay shares the personality of the writer. A formal essay is written with a direct purpose
(to persuade, to inform, to compare etc.) and follows a very strict format. A formal essay is written in third person narrative and does not share the writers personality. BOTH Informal and formal essays must have a thesis statement! Purpose of Informal Writing Before beginning your informal essay, consider your purpose. Will you write a:
Persuasive (convince your reader of your opinions) Expressive (share your thoughts or ideas) OR Reflective (describe your past experiences) Essay? *Remember, informal essays must entertain! Informal Writing Subjects Focus on writing about personal topics.
Topics may include: Structure of the Informal Essay The informal essay should use the introduction, body and conclusion structure. The introduction should open with a bang! Use literary devices to make the opening catchy and original. The thesis statement will appear somewhere in the introduction.
The body of the essay should be casual and focused on content, not format. Include examples and details. The conclusion should be powerful. Use literary devices to conclude your ideas in a meaningful way. Readers should not read Writing Techniques Point of View- The informal essay is written in first person narrative, therefore it is ok to use words like
personally, I feel, I believe and address the reader directly. Paragraphs- are used to separate ideas, yet they should be short paragraphs. Literary/ Rhetorical Devices- Metaphors, personal anecdotes, clichs, quotes, etc. should be used to add interest to the writing and to convey the writers personality. Informal essays are subjective not objective!
Tone and Language Tone- Casual and conversation-like Personal and subjective May be amusing, ironic, thoughtful, angry or serious Language- Straight forward and easy to read. Every day common words should be used, as well, it is ok to use
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