Monday, February 13, 2006

My methods for writing persuasive pieces

I like to write persuasive pieces of writing on topics I am very familiar with, because I use a lot of facts to make my points. If I am forced to write a persuasive paper on a subject that I’m not familiar with, I research that topic thoroughly so that I will become familiar with it. It is very important to have strong facts in an argument. If facts are incorrect, what does that say about an argument? It says that the person arguing is not qualified to pass judgment on an issue because they don’t know the facts. People who read an argument with incorrect facts also tend to think that the person who wrote the argument may be an idiot, which will probably turn them to the opposing side of the argument.
I think that humor and sarcasm are invaluable when writing persuasive pieces. The level of sarcasm depends on the audience. For example, if I am writing a persuasive piece for a stuffy old professor, I am not going to be nearly as sarcastic as if I was writing it for a magazine that catered to young people. Sarcasm and humor are not appropriate for more serious issues. Making jokes about abortion will not convince anyone and will most likely make people very mad.
As I mentioned, I think about my audience when writing a persuasive piece. If you are trying to convince street kids not to join gangs or do drugs, you aren’t going to use formal language. You will say something like that “That ain’t cool bro, cuz…..” It’s very important to speak in language that your audience can understand and relate to. It would obviously be foolish to use casual language when trying to persuade Congress to pass a bill.
Another thing I like to do when writing persuasive pieces is open with a scenario. For example, in one of my blog entries I opened with an imaginary scenario between a boy and a girl in an attempt to illustrate the argument I was going to make. By opening with a scenario, you can show how your argument is relevant in a real life situation. People will be able to relate to a realistic situation and better understand the argument you are making.

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