is a very important form of communication. If you want write well youll
do well in school, college and in your career. If you cant write well then
you will miss many opportunities in life. Writing well requires that you learn
a variety of techniques used for different writing purposes. We suggest that you
learn each of the following writing techniques.
narration technique for writing is used when telling a story. The elements of
a story include the setting, time, problem, resolution to the problem, a main
character and often supporting characters. A novel is an example of a long story
and a childrens book would be an example of short story. Movie and play
scripts are also examples of narrations.
description is a simple yet very important writing technique. You will most frequently
find descriptions in magazines, books, newspapers and many other forms of writing.
The purpose of a description is to help the read use the senses of seeing, hearing,
feeling and smelling to experience what the writer experiences. Descriptions help
the reader to understand things about which the writer is writing.
technique of persuasion is used in writing to try and change the readers
point of view on a particular subject or topic. In this writing technique the
writer presents in a compelling format facts and opinions in order to convince
the reader. Persuasive writing is most commonly found in editorials, newspapers,
magazines and political publications.
purpose of exposition is to inform, explain, expound or clarify the writers
ideas and thoughts. While similar to descriptive writing, exposition provides
the reader greater detail and depth of understanding about the writers thoughts
and ideas. Expositions are most commonly found in newspapers, magazines and books.
Comparison and Contrast
purpose of the writing technique is to show the reader the similarities and differences
about a something. Comparison is used to show or explain how what is alike or
common. Contract is used to show what is different. When asked to compare and
contrast the Civil War with World War II the writer would show the similarities
and differences between these two wars.
the correct writing technique that helps you accomplish your purpose will enable
you to communicate more effective and become a good writer.