“I wrote some stuff that was really important.” I have no idea what that means. “I translated a report on toucans in Mexico that was published in the journal Science.” Now, that’s impressive! Choosing active verbs, using precise vocabulary words and employing persuasive techniques in your writing will make your work credible. Writing well follows a lot of the rules of speaking well. One important rule is using strong, active words to get your point across or to persuade your reader to take an action. This article provides a list of action verbs to help you improve your writing. Read more
A persuasive essay is difficult enough to write, but what if you are assigned to discuss or prove a point of view you don’t agree with? How can you effectively debate controversial issues you do not support? Will your biases negatively affect your research? Here are some tips on how to write a research paper or term paper that presents a viewpoint that is not your own. Also check out Questia’s tutorial on Using the Library to research opposing viewpoints you can debate.
Kathleen McMurdo discussed the theory of writing persuasive essays in Structured Writing II: Using Inspiration Software to Teach Essay Development. “The purpose of the persuasive essay is to present a definite opinion about a controversial issue and persuade the reader to feel likewise about the subject,” she explained. Read more