Some learners often think that anecdote is identically the same as funny story. Actually is completely different. Anecdote doesn't have to be funny. Although in some event, anecdote can be funny.
The function of anecdote is to share with others an account of an unusual or amusing incident. We can conclude that anecdote is true story about someone's experience which is unusual.
The generic structure of composing anecdote text is in the following.
Abstract singnals the retelling of an unusual incident. In this part, the writer tells unusual incident that will be told in the story.
Orientation sets the scene. In this part, the writer tells about who, where, when the story happen.
Crisis provides details of unusual incident. In this part, the writer tells some events in details.
Reaction is how the subject of the story reacts to the crisis. In this part, the writer describes how the subject of the story express feeling or action to the unusual incident.
Coda is optional reflection on or the evaluation of the incident. In this part, the writer ends the story and tells how the subject solve the problem.