Ask the Right Questions Before You Begin to Write •What am I trying to say? •What effect do I hope to achieve? •What main point do I want to make? •What form/type of writing will I use? •What is my purpose?
Your strategy becomes the purpose andthe goal you wish to reach with your paper.Description NarrationCompare/Contrast ProcessArgument
A Narrative tells apersonal storyThe narrative is told fromfirst or third person point-of-viewIt’s important to followa clear sequence ofevents.
A descriptive paper will put intowords what you want your reader tosee in his or her mind.Using concrete examples are veryimportant in a descriptive essay.
ProcessA process paper says what is to bedone and in what order.The process paper will includethe steps necessary to reach agoal.
Compare/contrast papers can presentone side at a time or it can present pointby point.If you were writing an essaycomparing city traffic to small towntraffic, you would begin with ageneral statement and then compareone type of traffic then the other orpresent it point by point.
•All of our lives we have tried topersuade someone to dosomething or to think like wedo…that is the beginning of anargument paper.•Your reader won’t believe you,just because you say somethingis true. •Most usually, the argument requires research to support your thinking.
Voice is the identity thewriter adopts and his/hercredibility as an authority.
Do you want to--…tell a story …be descriptive … tellhow to do something …compare and contrast ideas …be sincereand persuasive
A piece of writing isoften judged by howeffectively it reaches itsintended audience.
Here are some questions to considerabout audience:1. Who are your readers (age, sex,income, belief systems, potentialbiases)?2. Are your readers novices or experts onthe subject? 3. What are your readers likely to knowabout your topic?
The writing process involves the way youdefine and combine the various componentsof the writing situation: your purpose forwriting, your voice or how you wish to comeacross to your readers, and your audience.
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