How to Impress the Reader with a Persuasive Essay
Depending on the topic you choose or the topic you are given, being persuasive can be a challenge. People are generally very firmly grounded in their opinions and unwilling to change. Regardless of this fact, it is still possible to make strong, persuasive arguments in a persuasive essay that can at least impress your reader if not fully change their mind. There are a few tricks to making effective, persuasive arguments.
- Do your research: before you even begin writing anything down, do some research on your topic so that you have a thorough understanding of what you are writing about. In order to be persuasive, you need to write like you are an expert on the subject. And the best way to sound like an expert is to do the thorough research necessary to become an expert (or, at the very least, a very knowledgeable person).
- Brainstorm: before you begin writing, take some time to think about the topic you will write about. Jot down every potential argument or piece of evidence which could support your opinion. Pick out the arguments and evidence that strike you the most and seem the most compelling. You usually have very limited space in an essay so you want to make sure you only included the strongest arguments and the most convincing evidence.
- Write your thesis statement: Now that you know which arguments you will use and what evidence to support those arguments with, you need to write down a logical and concise thesis statement which clearly defines the topic you are writing about, your opinion of that topic and very quick summary of the main arguments supporting that opinion. In order for your essay to be persuasive, you need to have a hard-hitting, powerful thesis statement that grabs the reader’s attention and clearly explains what it is they are about to read.
- Include strong body paragraphs: To be persuasive, you need to have a clear structure to your paragraph. Include a minimum of three body paragraphs. Each paragraph should be focused on discussing just one argument. Furthermore, each paragraph should contain a clear definition of the argument. After you have clearly defined the argument, you need to provide supporting evidence for that argument and strong analysis of that evidence showing how it relates both to the argument in the paragraph and the overall thesis of the essay.