What is an essay?


An essay is a text in which you share your thoughts and reflections.

The format is very similar to a column, but where columns are mostly published in newspapers as columns, reader letters, or analyses, essays are published more flexibly.

For example, it's quite common to publish a collection of essays in a book.

If you prefer your essay to be published in a Danish newspaper, the essay bot service or Politiken and Information news review can help you. The word "essay" comes from the French "essai," which means "to try or test." And in the essay genre, the emphasis is more on sharing thoughts than on enlightenment and persuasion.

What characterizes an essay?

The main characteristic of an essay compared to other genres is that the word and form are free. The free definition should not be confused with the fact that writing an essay is easy. Because the freer the form, the fewer writing rules you need to follow.

Thus, the form requires that you be an experienced writer so that you can stay on track and keep the reader with relevant considerations and lively language--without giving guidelines.

Unlike when essaylab writes a column, you do not have to have extensive knowledge or experience on the topic you are writing about. Ideas for essays are entirely up to you: for example, war, evil, vandalism, digital bullying, Danishness, travel, family, or love.

And precisely because the essay is a form of inquiry, you have complete discretion to consider multiple points of view.

How to write an essay?

Remember the most important thing about all texts:

The reader decides whether or not he or she wants to read. Consequently, you need to use many of the same linguistic tools you use when writing all other types of texts:

Be clear about who your target audience is, and focus on the target audience in your text.

Decide what topic and subtopics you want to address

Start with a good introduction that gets the reader to continue reading. The better you know your target audience, the more accurately you can write in a way that touches the reader, their daily life and thoughts. It often takes very few specific examples to encourage the reader to finish reading the entire text. It could be the title of a movie or the name of a famous person.

Discuss and elaborate on your views in the main text

Summarize at the end. Ask an open-ended question or imagine what the future holds for your topic. The conclusion is different from other texts because the essay is about research. Therefore, you should not stop there.

Clean up the text and finalize it before publishing or submitting it

Read more about essay preparation in:

How to teach your child to write essays
Writing doesn't just convey ideas
Essay - structure and composition
How do you write an essay?