At some point in your academic career, you’ll be asked to write a personal essay, which can be among the simplest writing assignments to tackle.
The personal essay is usually not a formal piece, so you have a lot of leeway (usually, depending on the assignment’s parameters) when it comes to topics. It might be a personal narrative where you rely on a past experience or incident in your life that was meaningful or that taught you some sort of lesson. It may also be an essay expressing your opinion on a particular issue that you are passionate about. Coming up with a topic that interests you makes the writing process more expedient and allows your words to flow from pen to paper more quickly.
In a personal narrative, you tell your story with dialogue; there’s usually a setting, a plot, and maybe even a conflict. Personal narratives use lots of imagery and characterization, and it is typically written using first-person language. The personal narrative doesn’t need to be objective; you use the essay to express your own emotions, thoughts, and feelings, being honest with your reader and using self-disclosure to tell your story.
In a personal opinion piece, you address a topic of interest; it may center around a social or environmental problem, political agenda, social injustice, or related topics. In this essay type, you state a problem, provide a solution to the problem, and then conclude with an important point or call to action.
Now that we’ve looked at the types of personal essays, you may be better prepared to come up with your own topic. However, if you’re still a bit little lost, feel free to use one of our suggestions – who knows, they could even serve inspiration for a great essay of yours!
These ideas go a long way towards helping you find a topic that you can get behind and really dig into to give it a personal slant. Let your imagination be your guide to come up with a concept that really speaks to you and you’ll find that writing comes naturally.