How to Write a Persuasive Essay
Writing persuasive or argumentative essay is hard. Even, having decent writing skills and a lot of ideas on the topic you may stick with the writing itself. Why? Because persuasive essay requires creativity and you are expected to deliver not only high-quality work but also the paper which will showcase some sort of innovation convincing the reader that your point of view is right (or close to the right one).
So, what is a persuasive essay and what are the steps you may follow to create an excellent paper and get A+ for it?
A persuasive essay is a specific type of paper with the main goal to persuade or convince the reader to believe in something. To write a good essay of that type, you need to follow the path of logical arguments and emotional appeals comforting a reader with your point of view.
Of course, we are not able to share tips on how to catch up readers’ attention with your essay, but we can share the steps you may follow to make the process of writing smoother.
Step 1: Prepare yourself for writing
Before even starting the research and writing, you should prepare for it. First, you need to pick a topic. It’s a good idea to choose the one you are interested in, so you’ll enjoy the process of writing. Moreover, you need to make sure that your topic is quite specific, – super broad topics are really hard and you won’t be able to showcase your ideas. Moreover, you shouldn’t be too simple – your main question cannot be answered: “yes/no”.
After you pick the topic, it’s time to choose the side. Your task is to select the side and view you’ll go after. Remember, you will need to provide arguments supporting your choice.
Picture your audience and choose the path you’ll follow: will you play on logic or their emotions?
Arrange a small research, to check if there are enough resources and after that, you are ready for the next step.
Step 2: Create a Structure
Wondering how you should structure your persuasive essay? What is the difference between outlines and structure?
Well, there is no difference except the contents. If you are writing a classical five-paragraph essay, you should remember that in paragraphs from 2 to 4 you should emphasize your point of view. Of course, it’s clear that the first paragraph will be the intro and the fifth one is the conclusion.
To make your essay more stunning and you prepared for another side arguments try to find everything about opposite point of view. This will help you to make your debating even stronger. Don’t forget mentioning the actual counter-arguments in your paper as well.
Step 3: Write your introduction
As we discussed in a previous passage, a persuasive essay format doesn’t differ from other types of essays. So the effective introduction that hooks your readers is a must for a high-quality paper. Think how you will grab your reader’s attention. For example, you can add a quote about the topic discussed, or curious fact. You may also draw some statistics data or construct a vivid situation. As long as it attracts your reader diving him or her into your topic and argument, the job is done!
If you have no idea how to catch your reader’s attention, proceed to the next steps. In some time you will find the right hook and complete your paper.
Here are some ingredients of your introduction:
- Topic introduction
- Point of view presentation
- Provision of factual evidence
- Transition to the body part of your essay
Make sure you have a well-constructed thesis statement: your readers must know exactly what author is going to tell and why.
Step 4: Writing the body of your essay
Each paragraph of your persuasive essay’s body should be focused on single evidence. Include references and facts supporting your point of view. Try to make sure that your evidence leads the reader to your own arguments.
Create at least three body paragraphs which will justify your point of view. Review them to see if they create a continuous flow, if needed rewrite them. It’s important for a quality persuasive essay to progress naturally. Moreover, in such a case it’ll be easier for you to come up with a conclusive paragraph.
Step 5: Formulate the conclusion
Now, you have some tips for introduction and body crafting; let’s explore the final point – writing a persuasive essay conclusion.
There are two ways to end your essay: you may paraphrase your thesis statement or summarize the main points of your body. Try to make it spicy: add a question, or make the reader wonder what is next, call to action or a recommendation may work as well.
Is that all? No, have a rest for a few days and follow the step we added below.
Step 6: Polishing your paper.
Okay, you completed your persuasive essay writing stages, and it’s time to revise your paper!
First, you should read it several times to make sure that it is consistent, your ideas go smoothly through the content and you definitely came to the eye-catching conclusion. Then try to find all grammar and spelling errors and make sure you have eliminated all mistakes. Ask your friends, classmates or relatives to proofread your essay and give you a feedback regarding the argumentation. This will help you to find out what is missing.
Once you are ready, format your essay in accordance with your college/university requirements and submit it.
To sum up: persuasive or argumentative essay writing formula is simple: detail present your own point of view on the chosen topic, support all your arguments with evidence and always keep your opponent’s point of view or arguments in mind. We hope these steps we provided will help you to write a good persuasive essay.