How to Write a Good Persuasive Essay?
Before you can actually start to write your paper, you need to focus on your topic. If you are assigned a topic to write about that you are not incredibly familiar with, you need to dedicate time to researching both sides of your argument so you know where you stand for sure. If you are writing about a topic of your choosing, make sure you go with something that you are already familiar with and have an opinion about. Your opinion should be obviously biased one way or another; don't pick an argument where you could go either way. This is a persuasion paper; you need to persuade people to believe the same thing you do. If you could go either way on a topic, you won't be able to convince your audience of anything and your paper will be a bust. For this same reason, you should also choose a topic you feel strongly about. Passion shows in your writing, and will make for a more effective persuasive piece as well as a more interesting read.
Now is the time to start on this persuasive essay. The introduction is the first thing your audience will come across. The introduction serves a few purposes. First in foremost, it introduces the main aspects of your paper (hence the name). You need to introduce your general topic as well as your opinion you will be defending. For example, if you were writing a paper about the Second Amendment, you would state not only that you would be talking about guns, but also that you would be defending gun rights for all, or that you were supporting widespread gun bans. After you introduce your topic, you also need to introduce the main points you will be arguing. Give your audience an idea of what exactly is to come.
We will look at the consequences of current gun laws. We will also explore in-depth studies of global gun laws and violence trends. Finally, we will discuss the opinions of Constitutional experts on the issue.
Sum up each main point in a sentence or two. The point is not to make your argument in your introduction, just to state what's to come.
Introducing your topic is just the first purpose of the introduction. The second part of the introduction is getting your reader's attention. You have to make them want to read your paper. All good papers contain some sort of attention getter, what we call a hook, to entice your readers to continue to read. To do this, you might include a significant fact or statistic that is startling or unexpected. You could also use a relevant quote that ties in to your arguments. A third option is to use some sort of anecdote to give your argument a more personal touch. All of these things, when used properly, makes your paper more interesting from the get to and make people want to hear what you have to say.
This is the meat of your paper. The body paragraphs of your paper are where you will be making your arguments and staking your claims. When making your arguments, there are a few things that are important to remember. Choose arguments that are sound, easy to defend, and that have plenty of reliable sources to back up your argument. While this is your opinion, you must be able to back up your thoughts with reliable, proven sources. So make sure that you aren't just spouting off whatever you feel in your head; you do your due diligence and research your topic well.
The more different arguments you have, the more likely you will be to convert your readers. You want to choose at least two arguments; there is no set maximum on how many arguments you can have. The best way to determine how many to have is the length of your paper. If your paper only needs to be 2-3 pages, three arguments is sufficient. If you are penning a 15 page argument,then you will need more.
When you are addressing each aspect of your argument, you want to be sure you go into a lot of detail. Gather lots of dependable sources and have direct quotes at the ready to use throughout your body paragraphs. You want to make sure you don't simply address each argument superficially; you have to really explore each argument in depth. This will help readers understand your points and make them more likely to come to your side.
The counterclaim is a little secret that will boost the authority of your paper and make you look like genius. In after you have addressed your main points, pick one argument that is held by someone on the opposite side of the issue you are writing about. Briefly address this claim, and then use your research and persuasive abilities to break that argument. When you take the time to address these claims that go against your own, it shows that you are very aware of your issue that (hopefully) that you are able to elegantly dissemble the argument of the opposing side. It is very important that you do this as politely and courteously as possibly. If you simply say an opposing view is stupid and wrong, your readers might be offended, or see the uncourteous language as a sign that you have no legitimate argument.
This is the end of your paper. It's very important that you don't lose steam on this last part, because this is the last thing your audience will read and will likely be the thing that sticks in the their memory. It does no good to have a great paper with a lousy conclusion. In this final paragraph, you want to restate your argument and the main ideas you have stated in the body paragraphs. In essence, you are summarizing your entire paper in a few sentences. It is very important that you do NOT introduce new information in the conclusion of your paper; it is not the place to make new arguments, only to wrap up what has been said.
Just as you had an attention getter in your introduction, you will want to have something similar in your conclusion. This will give your reader something to remember. The best way to do this is a call to action. Tell your reader what they can do in response to this paper and its arguments. What can they do to change things? How can they get involved and make a difference? These are the kinds of things to pose to your readers. Show how this issue is their problem, how it affects them and their loved ones, and that will be the thing they remember.
Written by: Chinesa Rose Rusch, United States.
Useful books on Amazon
Express Yourself!: Writing Persuasive Essays
The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writer
The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writers Guide To Character Expression
100 Writing Lessons: Narrative Descriptive Expository Persuasive
Edited by: Rajesh Bihani ( Find me on Google+ )