Essay writing has been an area of literature that has been explored through the depths and still there’s always something that surprises and amuses the readers. The world has seen a number of magician writers, so skillful that they could change course of actions of nations. Proposing an argument in a piece of writing is one thing and to prove it right is another. A good writer follows a chain of rules to be executed in a sequence to leave their mark upon reader’s mind, and hence a point made. Here are some of the basic tips and tricks to make a good argument in your essay and to keep reader’s attention in your grasp at the same time. Remember it is the structure of the essay that helps a good argument.
Maintain a Structure
A ground fact that most of the writers fail to digest is that the structure of the essay, especially an argumentative essay, has to be maintained and followed. As mentioned earlier, structure lays a firm foundation of what you are going to propose and how you will propose it. It is a template to portray your idea into words that the readers shall warmly welcome. The structure has to be split into the following four sections:
A brief introduction, if not detailed, helps the reader to understand the topic under discussion. Sometimes a writer is so hasty to propose their idea that they forget to enlighten the matter in hand and hence lose their readers far behind the enemy lines. Failure to familiarize the reader with the concept first usually ends up in a wasted effort to prove the argument of the writer. A worthy introduction at least involves the problem statement and the “ifs and buts” of its existence.
Proposing your Argument
Since you have made a suitable introduction, you can step towards proposing your argument and the problem statement. Either in the favor or against it, a healthy argument needs firm justification to get approved by the readers. Research and identify the perks of your side of the story as well as the loop holes in it in order to get ready for the criticism. Use examples to prove your point in essay writing. This makes it easy to convince the readers so that they can relate your argument.
Opposing the Other Side
So you have proposed your argument and laid a firm ground for the readers to ponder over it from your point of view, throw spotlight over the loop holes in your opponent’s argument. It is a common thing that if you spend complete effort in proving yourself right, you might get lucky but if you spend half of it in proving your opponent’s argument wrong, you have a huge chance to set things right for yourself. The research that I talked about earlier involves the perks and loop holes in your argument as well as in your opponent’s. Knowing your side of the story is not enough, make sure you know the complete story. This is how you make a strong argument and by far this is the most important step of the whole essay structure.
Use the concluding statement, or paragraph, to briefly summarize your side of the story and how you think it’s completely fair to cling to and how you think that the other argument is not correct. Conclusions are critical sometimes. Hasty readers make their decisions at the conclusions where they expect a brief comparison of both sides and this needs to be handled delicately. Writers often lose their pen at the conclusions, hence wasting the entire effort. Therefore, either keep track of pre-described proposition or just follow the KISS formula (KISS: Keep It Simple Stupid).