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Persuasive Writing for Students, Webmasters, Bloggers, and Everyone Else

Persuasive Writing for Students, Webmasters, Bloggers, and Everyone Else

Whether we’re webmasters, bloggers, or just students, we want our writing to be the best it can be. This is particularly true when writing about persuasive essay topics. The whole reason for writing the persuasive essay is to change someone’s mind about something. Hopefully, we have chosen a topic about which we feel passionately. When taking a test or writing for school, however, we may find it necessary to invent a little passion for the subject.

The first step to persuasive writing is to establish the supporting arguments. If you have assembled pertinent facts and statistics, these supporting arguments will be even more persuasive. Even just a well thought out logical argument can be effective, however, if you use good writing methods.

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Writing with a goal to persuade, like all other writing, needs to be succinct. This doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be short. It just needs to be stripped of any unnecessary language. As stated in the little classic, The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E. B. White, “Write with nouns and verbs.” All good writing creates a sensory element, and beginning writers often try to accomplish this with a overabundance of adjectives. Precise nouns and verbs, however, are more effective.

Blogging and other online writing can be published so quickly that another important rule of writing is often overlooked. This is the benefit of letting a persuasive essay have a few days to cool off before you make revisions. William Zinsser, in On Writing Well, points out how much a computer with a word processing program helps in the process of revising, or rewriting as it is often called. Learn to use your cut and paste when reworking that persuasive essay.

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Blogging presents a unique forum for the persuasive writer. Writing needs to be gripping in order to compete with the vast number of blogs vying for the attention of the reader. Persuasive writing can sizzle with emotion in the blogging world where controversial opinions are the norm instead of the exception.

Some of the most effective persuasive essay and research paper topics come straight out of the news. For instance, the problems created by the high cost of medical care cry out for a good essay writer to suggest a solution. Environmental and moral concerns also bring out the intense feelings that make for an interesting persuasive essay topic or blog post.

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One of the best tips for writing a story, essay, or whatever, is to keep it simple. Ernest Hemingway is quoted as saying, “My aim is to put down on paper what I see and what I feel in the best and simplest way.” Similarly, Strunk and White say “avoid fancy words.” Simple, straight forward words and feelings create the best persuasive essays.

Barbara Wood is a writer and educator living in the Missouri Ozarks. Home organization has been a lifelong pursuit for her, and has led her to study many great books on productivity, time management, and organization.

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References:

The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition – [William Strunk & E. B. White]

On Writing Well, 25th Anniversary : The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction (On Writing Well) – [William Zinsser]

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How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

How to Write a Personal Mission Statement to Ensure Peak Productivity

Most of you made personal, one sentence resolutions like “I want to lose weight” or “I vow to go back to school.” It is a tradition to start the New Year with things you want to achieve, but under the influence resolutions are often unrealistic.

If you’re wondering when will be a good time to write a mission statement, NOW is the time to take a personal inventory to make this year your most productive year ever. You may be asking yourself, “How am I going to do that?” You, my friends, are going to write personal mission statements.

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A large number of corporations use mission statements to define the purpose of the company’s existence. Sony wants to “become the company most known for changing the worldwide poor-quality image of Japanese products” and 3M wants “to solve unsolved problems innovatively”. A personal mission statement is different than a corporate mission statement, but the fundamentals are the same.

So why do you need one? A personal statement will help you identify your core values and beliefs in one fluid tapestry of content that you can read anytime and anywhere to stay on task toward success.

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For example, Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire came to the realization that he had lost track of what was important to him. After writing a personal mission statement, we saw him start his own business and he got the girl, Renee Zelleweger. Not bad, wouldn’t you say? A personal mission statement will make sure that, through all the texting, emailing and constant bombardment of on-the-go activity, you won’t lose sight of what is most important to you.

Mission statements can be simple and concise while others are longer and filled with detail. The length of your personal mission statement will not be determined until you follow this simple equation to create your motivational springboard for 2008.

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To begin your internal cleansing, you will need to jot down the required information in the following five steps:

  1. What are your values? Values steer your actions and determine where you spend time, energy, and most importantly, money. Be specific and unique to yourself. Too much generalization will not be as effective. It is called a “personal” mission statement for a reason.
  2. What are three important goals you hope to achieve this year? Keep your list of important goals small and give them a date. It is better to focus on the horizon and not the stars. Realistic goals are keys to ultimate success.
  3. What image do you hope to project to yourself? How you see yourself is how the world will view you. Think about this carefully. Your image should encompass what you look like and feel after you have achieved your goals.
  4. Write down action statements from each value describing how you will use those values to achieve your three goals. Start with “I will…”
  5. Rewrite your statement to include only your action statements. Make portable copies for your wallet, car or office.

If you followed the steps above, congratulations! You have just written your first personal mission statement. Your personal statement will change over the years as your goals change. You can have more than one statement for the different compartments of your life such as your career, family, marriage, etc.

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Writing a personal mission statement is an effective method to ensure your productivity is at its peak. It is an ideal tradition to start so that when next year rolls around, the outdated practice of resolutions will be something you permanently left in the past.

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