Ask the RightQuestions Before You Begin to Write•What am I tryingto say?•What effect do Ihope to achieve?•What main pointdo I want to make?•What form/type ofwriting will I use?•What is mypurpose?
Your strategy (the way you write) becomesthe purpose and the goal you wish to reachwith your paper.Description NarrationCompare/Contrast ProcessArgument
A descriptive essay willput into words what youwant your reader to seein his or her mind.Using concrete examplesare very important in adescriptive essay.
A Narrative tells apersonal story essay is toldThe narrativefrom first (use “I”) or thirdperson (use “you”) point-of-viewIt’s important to followa clear sequence ofevents.
ProcessA process essay says what is to bedone and in what order.The process essay will includethe steps necessary to reach thefinal product.
Compare/contrastessays can presentone side at a time orit can present pointby point. If you were writing an essay comparing city traffic to small town traffic, you begin with a general statement; then compare one type of traffic to the other or present 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. •The argument requires research to support your thinking.
When you considerthe purpose of youressay, consider thefollowing: 1. Whatproblem is suggestedby the topic?2. What are yourwriting goals?
Voice is the identity thewriter adopts and his/hercredibility as an authority.
Do you want tosound•objective and fair;•heated andpassionate;• sincere andpersuasive;•informative and
A piece of writing isoften judged by howeffectively it reaches itsintended audience.
Here are some questions toconsider about audience: 1. Who areyour readers (age, sex, income,belief systems, potentialbiases)? 2. Are your readersnovices or experts on thesubject? 3. What are yourreaders likely to know
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.