Experiences with Persuasive Writing

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Reflective Journal 1: My Experiences with Persuasive Writing Sharkeya Hicks
Stayer University

English 215
Professor Amanda McClure
May 6, 2012
In persuasive or argumentative writing, we try to convince others to agree with our facts, share our values, accept our argument and conclusions, and adopt our way of thinking. I have used persuasive writing in several areas of my life. In my personal life, I have used persuasive writing to convince members of my non-profit organization to donate money we fundraised to the Southside Boys and Girls Club for supplies and other miscellaneous items the children needed. Another member wanted to donate the money to the homeless but my research and convincing evidence proved that giving the money to the Boys and Girls Club was the better choice. In my professional career, I have used cover letters to influence employers I am perfect for the position in which I was applying for. As a college student, I plan to use persuasive writing to construct well written papers for all subjects to include Business, English, and Psychology. In business, I would use persuasive writing to explain why monetary and fiscal policy should have been better leveraged to prevent the recession. In psychology, persuasive writing would be used to argue how the courts should use the concept of insanity to determine fault in criminal cases. Persuasive writing is can is used in all aspects of life whether it be in my professional career or for writing for professors but I have a few common challenges that arise when writing to convince. The most common challenge I have when writing documents for professors is selecting a relevant topic and providing sufficient evidence to support my topic. Selecting an effective topic is the most crucial step in writing a successful persuasive essay. I struggle to find a topic that is debatable or a topic I feel is knowledgeable because as a writer you definitely don’t want to have a topic that is hard to prove....
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