There is more to the essay than the standard five-paragraph academic form
Descriptive essays are written to brilliantly describe a person, place or event
Narrative Essays tell a story from the viewpoint of the author and try to explain the significance of the experience
Persuasive Essays use evidence to convince the reader to believe a certain point
Reflective Essays are written in a way to make the reader think about a certain topic (often abstract ideas like nature, time, life, happiness, family, etc) and contain the authors feelings and emotions on the subject
There are also photographic essays that try to explain or discuss a topic with a series of pictures
If you can pick the topic, pick something that you actually care about- your passion will come through in your word choice and tone
Non- “academic” essays are still organized, but do not adhere to the thesis-body paragraph-conclusion formula, you have room to discuss your topic as you want and the thesis can be anywhere (and can sometimes be implicit in really well-written essays)
Remember, essays are topical- stick to one topic but feel free to wind around and explore all of the different facets of the subject
Sometimes it helps to not have a clear idea about where you want to go in your essay, just start writing about your topic and see where it takes you, you’ll be surprised at the journey on which your writing will take you
Essays are truly experiments, you can write about the same topic several times and still end up with a unique and special piece of writing!
Start brainstorming some possible topics that you would like to write an essay about…ask questions, make guesses, explore ideas, reflect, recollect, describe, explain, embellish, offer a new perspective to your reader!