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Know What You Want to Say
Choose a subject you care about.
Determine your purpose.
For some types of writing, formulate a thesis statement.
Provide context and background.
Determine a Persuasive Strategy
Consider your mode of discourse.
1. Use description to provide information about a person, setting, scene, or object.
2. Use narration to tell a story.
3. Use exposition to inform your reader.
4. Use persuasion to induce your reader to think, act, or feel a certain way.
Analyze your audience.
Assess your credibility in the eyes of your reader.
Decide when and how to state your purpose.
Write to explore and discover.
Knowing what you want to say and determining a persuasive strategy ...