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10 Fundamental Guidelines For Writing A Persuasive Essay


Persuasive essay writing is the foundation for most academic writing assignments. Students must take a position on a specific issue and present an argument and supporting evidence showing why one side is more correct or plausible than its opposition. Here are 10 fundamental guidelines for writing a great persuasive essay:

  1. Choose an Original and Interesting Topic
  2. The first step is to choose an original and interesting topic to write on. If you are given the chance to come up with your own idea, choose something that is interesting to you and that you would like to explore further. Avoid ideas that have been overly discussed and argued.

  3. Narrow the Focus to a Manageable Topic
  4. Once you’ve settled on an idea you like, see if you can narrow the focus of the topic to ensure you can manage to discuss it thoroughly without having trouble locating resources. Don’t make the work harder than it has to be.

  5. Do Some Background Research for Info
  6. Now start looking up some background information online. Get familiar with related issues and make sure you know the meaning of some key terminology. This will help you present an authoritative voice.

  7. Conduct In-Depth Academic Research
  8. Most of your in-depth research should be done at the library, where you have access to government or academic resources. The reference librarian should help you optimize your search so that you located the most relevant and current resources.

  9. Draft a Thesis Statement and Outline
  10. Gather your notes and draft a thesis statement. It doesn’t have to be perfect; it simply needs to present a clear and arguable idea. Create an outline to help structure and contain your argument in a logical manner.

  11. Write a First Draft of the Persuasive Essay
  12. Now you’re ready to write. Your first draft should be written quickly as well as efficiently, meaning that you shouldn’t stop to make corrections. Try to get all of your ideas down in one sitting.

  13. Revise Your Thesis and Essay Outline
  14. Set your first draft aside for a few hours. When you return to it you should be able to critically identify where it needs improvement. Revise your thesis statement and outline so that your work is more structured and effectively to the point.

  15. Revise Your Argument and Essay Content
  16. Use the revised outline to guide then next version of your paper. When you revise look for different ways to improve upon it by adding material, rearranging material, or deleting material.

  17. Edit and Proofread the Final Essay Draft
  18. Again, set your work aside for a couple of hours. When you get back to it you should be able to edit and proofread more easily, thus making improvements to your writing that would otherwise go unnoticed.

  19. Include all of the Final Necessary Touches
  20. Finally, you can put in all the necessary final touches that make for a great paper. Check the margins, line spacing, page numbering, etc. to ensure consistency throughout.