PERSUASIVE WRITING

Persuasion is an attempt to influence others to adopt a certain belief or point of view or to convince them to take some action. Whenever we attempt to get others to accept our opinion on a subject, to agree with our point of view on an issue, or to take some action we recommend, we are engaged in persuasion.

Argument is a specific type of persuasive writing in which you follow a structured process for persuading others, primarily through logical reasoning.

Persuasive writing and argument may use a variety of approaches to achieve their purposes. These papers are often written using a third–person point of view to keep the writing focused on the issue, and they use logic to appeal to readers. However, in some papers you may want to engage readers in the discussion, so you may talk to them directly using a second–person point of view (you, your) or create a bond with them by using a first–person plural point of view (we, our). A portion of a persuasive paper is shown below as an example.

Planting vegetables in a home garden can be an exciting and satisfying hobby. It can be gratifying to serve your home–grown vegetables at family meals or to share your harvest with neighbors. Not only is it fun to watch the plants mature and to inspect the progress of the vegetables as they grow, but the taste of home–grown vegetables cannot be beat. While others are buying tasteless hothouse tomatoes at the grocery story this summer, you could be harvesting vine–ripened tomatoes from your own backyard.