Th eWr i t i n gTr i a n g l Purposee Topic Voice Audience
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 purposeand the goal you wish to reach withyour paper.Description NarrationCompare/Contrast ProcessArgument
A descriptive essay will put intowords what you want your reader tosee in his or her mind.Using concrete examples are veryimportant in a descriptive essay.
A Narrative tells a personal storyThe narrative essay is told fromfirst or third person point-of-viewIt’s important to follow a clearsequence of events.
ProcessA process essay says whatsomething is to be done and in whatorder.The process essay will includethe steps necessary to reach agoal.
Compare/contrast essays can present one side at a time or it can present point by point.If you were writing an essaycomparing city traffic to small towntraffic, you would begin with a generalstatement and then compare one typeof traffic then the other or present itpoint 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. •The argument requires research to support your thinking.
W h e n y o u c o n s id e r t h ep u r p o s e o f yo u re s s a y , c o n s id e r t h ef o llo w in g : 1. W h a t p r o b l e m i ss u g g e s te d b y thet o p ic ? 2 . Wha t a rey o u r w r it in g g o a ls ? 3 . W h a t isy o u r i n t e n t --p e r s u a s iv e ,
Voice is the identity thewriter adopts and his/hercredibility as an authority.
Do you want to sound--…objective and fair…heated and passionate…sincere and persuasive…informative and impartial
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 know(education level, prior knowledge)?
The writing process involves the way you defineand combine the various components of thewriting situation: your purpose for writing, yourvoice or how you wish to come across to yourreaders, and your audience.
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