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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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Last Updated on December 30, 2018

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

How to Become an Early Riser and Stay Energetic Throughout the Day

This article is the 2nd in the 6-part series, Lifehack Challenge: Become An Early Riser In 5 Days.

If you’d like to become an early riser, there are some things you should know before you run off to set your oft-ignored alarm clock.

So how to become an early riser?

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Here are five tips I’ve discovered to be most helpful in making the transition from erratic sleeper to early morning wizard:

1. Choose to get up before you go to sleep

You’re not very good at making decisions when you’ve just woken up. You were in the middle of a dream in which [insert celebrity crush of choice here] is serving you breakfast in bed only to be rudely awakened by the harsh tones of your alarm clock. You’re frustrated, angry, confused, and surprised. This is not the time to be making decisions about whether or not you should stay in bed! And yet, most of us leave the first decision of our day to be made in a blur of partial wakefulness.

No more! If you want to be a consistently early riser, try making your decision to rise at a specific time before you go to sleep the night before. This frees you from making the decision in the morning when you’ve just woken up. Instead of making a decision, you have only to follow through on your decision from the night before. Easier said than done? Of course. But only for the first few times. Eventually your need for raw willpower to get out of bed will diminish and you’ll be the proud parent of a new habit!

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Steve Pavlina suggests you practice getting out of bed during the day[1] to get a few of the “practice sessions” out of the way without the early morning fog in your head.

2. Have a plan for your extra time

Let’s say you’ve actually made it out of bed 2 hours before you normally would. Now what? What are you going to do with all this time you’ve discovered in your day? If you don’t have something planned to do with your extra time, you risk falling for the temptation of a “morning nap” that wipes out all the work you put into getting up.

What to do? Before you go to bed, make a quick note of what you’d like to get done during your extra hours the following day. Do you have a book to write, paper to read, or garage to clean? Make a plan for your early hours and you’ll do more than protect yourself from backsliding into bed. You’ll get things done and those results will fuel your desire to build rising early into a habit!

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3. Make rising early a social activity

While there’s obvious value in joining a Lifehack Challenge in order to get you started as an early riser, your internet buddies just don’t have enough pull to make your new habit stick in the long term. The same cannot be said for the people you spend time with as part of your early morning routine.

Sure, you could choose to read blogs for two hours every morning. But wouldn’t it be great to join an early breakfast club, running group, or play chess in the park at 5am? The more people you get involved in making your new habit a daily part of your life, the easier it’ll be to succeed.

4. Don’t use an alarm that makes you angry

If we’re all wired differently, why do we all insist on torturing ourselves with the same sort of alarm each morning? I spent years trying to wake up before my alarm went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. I got pretty good, too. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized that different ring tones irritated me less but worked just as well to wake me up. I now use the ring tone alarm as a back up for my bedside lamp plugged in to a timer.

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When the bright light doesn’t work, the cellphone picks up the slack and I wake up on time. The lesson learned? Experiment a bit and see what works best for you. Light, sound, smells, temperature, or even some contraption that dumps water on you might be more pleasant than your old alarm clock. Give something new a try!

5. Get your blood flowing right after waking

If you don’t have a neighbor you can pick fights with at 5am you’ll have to settle with a more mundane exercise. It doesn’t take much to get your blood flowing and chase the sleep from your head. Just pick something you don’t mind doing and go through the motions until your heart rate is up. Jumping rope, push-ups, crunches, or a few minutes of yoga are typically enough to do the trick. (Just don’t do anything your doctor hasn’t approved.)

If you live in a beautiful part of the world like me, you might want to use a bit of your early morning to go for a walk and enjoy the beauty of the world around you. If you have a coffee shop open within walking distance, dragging yourself out of bed for a cup of coffee to savor on your walk home as the world wakes around you is a wonderful experience. Try it!

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