A persuasive essay is – surprise! – an essay proposing to convince an audience in your point of view. Unfortunately, people do not easily believe everything they are told, so to achieve this, you will have to act smart, and find evidence to support your claims. Well, writing a persuasive essay is a bit more complicated than just listing your arguments, so basically you will need to:
- Decide what exactly you are going to write about (in case if there is no specific topic assigned by your teacher). In other words, narrow your topic down. Imagine if you were to write a persuasive essay on a super-vague topic like, “Bad habits affect people negatively.” This is ridiculous! But if you narrow this vagueness down, you might get a topic like this: “Why smoking is bad for the health of pregnant women.” No matter how weird it sounds… but students often choose really broad topics for their essays!
- Since you have already narrowed your scope, researching, which is your next step, now becomes way easier. Instead of having to read through all the literature that might have relation to the effects of various bad habits (let’s use the previous example), you just need to look through a couple of sources about smoking and pregnancy.
- Choose three main pro or contra arguments (depending on your attitude), and write them down. In a classic five-paragraph essay structure, these arguments will make the core of your body paragraphs. Also, compose a thesis statement; in it, you must state what exactly you will be arguing for, and what your attitude is. While writing a persuasive essay, create a simple outline of your entire essay; pay attention to your arguments – it’s not enough just to list them; you must also expand on each of them at least in a couple of sentences.
- Write your essay, starting from the introduction. In it, you can provide some background information about the subject of your essay. Also, an introduction is the part where you introduce your thesis statement.
- Write the three main body paragraphs; you have already drafted them in the outline, so it should be easy. Just make sure to make these paragraphs sound smooth and logical.
- Write your conclusion. The easiest way to do it is to restate the thesis statement and the arguments you used to support your claim. Remember, that you cannot introduce new information in this final paragraph, but you can leave a ending thought to make readers think about your essay some time after reading it. Also, write a list of references; format all the sources appropriately to the format you are supposed to use (usually it’s MLA or APA).
- After writing a persuasive essay, proofread and edit your paper, clearing all doubts about the essay’s quality.
Voila, your persuasive essay is completed! We did it!