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Analytic writing is not pure explanation or description. Instead, it requires the writer to first read & understand the genre (fiction or nonfiction) of the piece being considered, explain what’s happening in the text, & analyze some facet of it. The writer develops a thesis that supports their main claim about this particular piece, backing it up with proof from the text, with a summary that weaves them together.
This is a formal writing style, usually in the 3rd person – with an overall claim the writer is trying to convince the reader of. It is not Persuasive can get by with a heartfelt emotional appeal or a well-defended opinion.
Argumentative writing must cite scientific studies, statistics & quotes from experts.
It also highlights evidence that the author has generated from their own surveys & questionnaires. It requires well-researched facts from reliable sources (sites like Wikipedia are an OK starting point but not as final sources), & then argumentation are presented based on those facts.
This type is far different from professional writing – it’s the art of making things up. Biographies, crime, fiction, horror, non-fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, scriptwriting & short stories all fall under this category. Basically, it’s any writing that originates from the imagination of one person, & can be found on many & other websites, as well as books & movie….
It’s made up of describing things such as characters, places, events…. in detail, using various adjectives & adverbs to make the picture vivid for the reader. It’s poetic in nature, connecting the outer world to reader’s inner world, by engaging all the senses. Through words, the author tells people how a person or place looks, feels, smells & sounds like.
It’s usually written with in the first person, & the context is emotional & personal. One not only read such books but also lives in its world
This uses description & explanation of a particular idea. Topics can cover the entire gamut of human experience, from inventions to nature, emotions to politics, family to hobbies…. (NY TIMES article) The main emphasis is on what the piece calls for. EXP:
ASK : – What’s the “newsworthy” part of this paper?
– How can I introduce this piece without giving it away upfront?
– How do I end without rehashing everything?
– How can I incorporate supporting material in an engaging way?….
This style is considered one of the most difficult to write but one of the easiest to read. It takes a lot of skills to write in such a way that it takes the reader in the world of the story. It includes the author’s purpose, tone, voice, structure.
It uses a main character, in a specific setting, who has to deal with a problem or event in some important way. It can range from personal narrative to fiction to “fan fiction.” All novels, poetry, short stories, biographies & autobiographies fall into this category.
This type is “to-the-point” writing, so it should not be intensified by using words like ‘always, very, never’…. It’s realistic, about something which can be supported with facts, examples, even shreds of evidence. The information provided should be well researched – statistically & scientifically correct. The author needs to remain neutral & unbiased, letting readers form their own opinion about the topic or premise
This is a form of non-fiction that encourages careful word choices, the development of logical arguments, & a cohesive summary,
& emotional appeal.
However, to convince readers of the author’s point, it has to have a sound premise, backed by logic, but does not include an opposing stance. Simply stating that ‘We shouldn’t do bad things’ isn’t good enough, being too vague, & not arguable.
Then it’s time to add in sympathy. Being persuasive relies heavily on reaching the audience emotionally. Not only must the writers’ point make sense, but it needs to be felt in people’s hearts as well as minds.
Review writing is an art. It can cover such things as restaurants & food, cosmetic products, books, movies, electronics….. Tech-savvy people read about items online before making any purchase. This requirement has become so important that many companies pay people to write about their products.
This type is opinion-driven. Authors write from their own perspective – stating opinions, beliefs, observations & experience. They don’t bother about accuracy. The subjective approach is important because it gives the reader an insight into the author’s thinking process, as well as the freedom to imagine things from their own unique perspective.
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