Persuasive writing is a skill needed not only to get better grades, but also to state your opinions and to be able to protect them. Whatever you are writing – an article, a letter, a public speech – at some point you have to persuade you reader (or listener) that you are right. For you to be able to do so easily and efficiently, we provided a few tips that you might find useful.
First of all, know what you are going to argue about, i.e. study your topic. You have to make up a thesis to support, and making a good one will help you greatly. So, step number one would be to do some extensive research and decide what you believe is worth proving.
When you have read what you were planning to, and when you feel that you know the subject well, formulate your thesis. It has to be:
When the thesis is ready to go, outline your paper. It has all the usual parts – the introduction, main body and the conclusion.
The introduction is where you capture your reader’s attention, provide background information on the subject and finally make a statement. It is very important to start your paper correctly, or it will be hard to make readers last to the end. There are different ways to hook attention, and the most frequently used of them are quotations, jokes and amazing facts. The thesis usually comes in the end of your intro.
Your main body should contain a few paragraphs devoted to certain points you want to make. You can provide all ‘pro’ arguments and then state and refute all the ‘against’ ones. Or, you can describe pros and relevant cons in pairs. Whatever you choose, move from the least important to the most important ones. This way you will gradually lead your reader towards culmination persuading him more and more. In the process of persuading, you can use facts, quotes and statistics and illustrate your points with examples. The more diverse your evidence is, the better. Start every paragraph with a summarizing sentence.
In the conclusion, restate your points. This paragraph might include a call to action, a prediction or a recommendation about what can be done in the area you are writing about. Do not introduce any new points. The conclusion paragraph is designed for you to make sure that your reader is utterly and completely persuaded.
When your paper is almost finished, look it through and ask yourself whether it makes the point clearly. Is the evidence provided strong enough? Does it refute opposing opinions efficiently? If yes, you have done a great job.
Have someone proofread your paper. This is an effective trick to detect mistakes you might have missed. When it is done, your paper is 100% ready for submission.