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WRITING WITH A PURPOSE
Mike Gatenbyon 23 September 2013
Transcript of WRITING WITH A PURPOSE
HOW TO WRITE ABOUT UNFAMILIAR or BORING TOPICS
SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES TO WRITE ABOUT ALL TOPICS
"HOW DO I EVEN BEGIN ?!"
WHAT IS YOUR PURPOSE?
One may write simply to express one's feelings, attitudes, ideas, and so on. This type of writing doesn't take the reader into consideration; instead, it focuses on the writer's feelings, experience, and needs. Expressive writing may take the form of poetry, journals, letters, and, especially, free writing.
Conative writing seeks to affect the reader. Persuasive writing is one form of conative; so is writing intended to entertain the reader. Writing intended to arouse the reader's feelings is conative. Conative writing may take about any form, so long as its intention to persuade the reader or affect the reader emotionally.
Informative writing refers to something external to the writing itself, with the purpose of informing the reader. In our times, informative writing is usually prose, although in earlier periods poetry was used for informative purposes.
Poetic (or literary or stylistic) purposes focus on the message itself—on its language, on the way the elements of language are used, on structure and pattern both on the level of phrase and of the overall composition. Poetic writing can be in prose as well as in verse. Fiction has poetic purposes. Anytime one writes with an emphasis on the way the language is used, one has a poetic purpose.
Comments on a piece of writing are metalinguistic. If a student attaches a note to an essay to explain why the essay is late, the note is metalinguistic in relation to the essay. An author's preface to a book is another example of metalinguistic purpose in writing.
The more prewriting you do, the less likely it is that you will block when you come to
writing your first draft.
An outline can help in the brainstorming process.
Many writers like to start with a rough draft rather than an outline. If you prefer this approach, see if you can produce an outline from your rough draft. This exercise is a good test of whether your paper is well organized. An outline may also give you a sense of where there
are gaps in your support or evidence.
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You're critically considering different sources, competing priorities and contrasting information in order to arrive at the best possible understanding of the situation. You're breaking the issue down into parts and determining which sources are the most reliable, which information is the most relevant.
Persuasive writing intends to influence how someone thinks, feels, acts, and makes decisions in relation to a particular issue, idea, or proposal. The writer is making a case and using language in a deliberative manner.
A Professor's Research Tips
3) Use More Than One Source
4)Double Check Your Facts
2) Pick Keywords To Use For Your Search
1) RESEARCH, RESEARCH RESEARCH