Topic Talker

The Competitive Edge

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on July 22, 2010

What gives writers the competitive edge? How do you persuade the ideas and opinions of your readers? One way is to make yourself credible and reliable. Use one of the following methods in your defense:

Pathos-(Emotional) means persuading by appealing to the reader’s emotions. We can look at texts ranging from classic essays to contemporary advertisements to see how pathos, emotional appeals, are used to persuade. Language choice affects the audience’s emotional response, and emotional appeal can effectively be used to enhance an argument.

Ethos-(Credibility), or ethical appeal, means convincing by the character of the author. We tend to believe people whom we respect. One of the central problems of argumentation is to project an impression to the reader that you are someone worth listening to, in other words making yourself as author into an authority on the subject of the paper, as well as someone who is likable and worthy of respect

Logos (Logical) means persuading by the use of reasoning. This will be the most important technique we will study, and Aristotle’s favorite. We’ll look at deductive and inductive reasoning, and discuss what makes an effective, persuasive reason to back up your claims. Giving reasons is the heart of argumentation, and cannot be emphasized enough. We’ll study the types of support you can use to substantiate your thesis, and look at some of the common logical fallacies, in order to avoid them in your writing.

By using these methods, you will have a more effective persuasive essay and also gain the competitive edge.


Researching A Topic

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on July 14, 2010

Where do you go after you have a narrowed topic? Probably straight to your computer and type in Google the most used search engine on the internet today.  There is Google Maps, Google Images, Google Videos, Google News, Shopping, Gmail, and even Google Research. Type any word into the search bar and you instantly have thousands of documents to search threw.

Many of us don’t have time to search threw thousands of documents. Instead of going straight to Google for all your answers, try the following links and ideas:

If you choose to use Google, use it to search for blogs, personal stories, and specific information. This will cut your research time in half.

Narrowing A Topic

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on July 14, 2010

Picking a broad topic can pose many problems. It often times leaves a paper unorganized and the reader feeling confused or overwhelmed. By narrowing down your topic, you can achieve a more successful response to your literary work. This will also eliminate the extra stress of organizing large amounts of information. Lets try this with a topic we have already discussed; “Healthy Topics”- Tanning beds.

Indoor tanning alone is a very broad topic. There are many issues associated within using indoor tanning beds. Consider the economical, emotional, and health issues. Choose one and start narrowing down your topic.

Some of the health issues associate with indoor tanning are skin cancer, seasonal depression, age limits and requirements, acne prevention, and even addiction.

By narrowing the topic of indoor tanning to the topic of whether indoor tanning is addictive or not, your writing will be interesting to not only your readers but yourself as well.

Touchy Topics

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on June 2, 2010

While it is important to find an interesting topic, it is also important to stay away from touchy/already debated topics. Topics such as “Gay Marriage”, “Abortion”, and “Immigration” are debated and argued on a daily basis. Using these topics can lose your readers interests and only further anger them if they have already established their opinions. A good research, essay, or persuasive paper should be unique and present the reader with new ideas. Try topics that are not usually talked about. You will have a more effective outcome and readers will keep reading.

Topic Importance

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on May 26, 2010

“On a separate sheet or screen, summarise what it is about your piece which is so important.  What message do you want your readers to come away with?  Start with images, points or scattered words. Build these into a few sentences or just look at them. You will find some ‘gold’ within this brainstorming activity which you can then include in your opening sequence.”


Write Anything

May 26, 2010

Annie brings a very important point to attention. “What message do you want your readers to come away with?” As you continue what seem like the never-ending search for the right topic, it is important to consider your audience. The easiest thing for a reader to do is to stop reading. Is your topic going to be interesting for others to read? Is in original and eye catching? Talk to others about their interests and topics that would keep them reading. However, this rule goes both ways. The easiest thing for you as a writer to do is to stop writing. Remember to choose a topic that also interests you. You should have a few interesting topics to choose from just by thinking of your interests and your target audience.

Beginning with Words

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on May 18, 2010

Finding the perfect topic to write about can be harder then just making a simple list of interests. Talk to others about their topics and ideas. Many times, I have received inspiration by talking to my classmates and friends about my ideas and getting their opinion. Just like putting your ideas on paper, putting the into words can help the creative juices flow. You might say something that will surprise you and give you a great idea for the perfect topic for you. Also, your words may give your classmates or friends inspiration for not only you but themselves. Don’t be afraid of sharing ideas.

Where To Begin

Posted in Uncategorized by shanaecf on May 17, 2010

Why is it so hard to find a simple topic to write about? Many times the reason you can’t find a topic is because you weren’t given something specific to write about. A teacher simply says, “It needs to be interesting and at least 3 to 4 pages”. There are millions of topics anyone could write on, so start by listing a few simple ideas. It also helps if the topic is something you are interested in or already know a lot about.

“A foundation piece of advice on how to start to write is to begin with what you know by writing your observations on everyday life.”

– Annie

Write Anything

May 5, 2009