Sela Pothuizen May 23, 2020 Persuasive
All writing is written to someone. Writing is, after all, a medium for communication. With that in mind, it is necessary to consider your audience. Yes, your professor will be reading it. But he or she is not actually the intended audience. Think about who the writing is actually for? More specifically: Who are you trying to persuade? Every audience has its own unique needs and wants.
When you have your outline ready, it will be easy to start with the actual writing process. Still, the introduction might give you some trouble. The most important part of the introduction is the clear and concise thesis statements, which defines your point of view, as well as the direction that the entire essay is going to take.
If you want to persuade an audience with your argument, they need to be able to follow it. If your writing lacks organization, that`s not going to happen. Organization starts with a clear, argumentative thesis statement (as mentioned above). This should be your reference point for the whole paper. From there, your writing should develop the argument in a logical format, anchored in evidence, analysis, and counter-argument.
Support your argument. Use hard facts. You can gather these from your research, observations, or personal experiences. But be careful! In order to avoid plagiarism, you must cite your sources. You should always use verifiable statistics. It is important to be able to back up your argument with data. In order to further strengthen the argument in your persuasive essay, try using one or two direct quotes from experts on the topic. Finally, provide meaningful examples to enhance and clearly illustrate your argument.
The body. The body should consist of all the arguments that support your thesis. Each paragraph should focus on one particular point. Next, include one or two paragraphs to succinctly explain and refute the most compelling opposing argument.
Think about the structure of your essay. Determine what evidence you will include and the order in which you will present it. Remember, it must be logical.