is a way of thinking about the world around us. As we
the events in our lives we rarely respond to them in a
way. Writing about
events requires you to think carefully
your experiences and to organize and express your thoughts
a way that others can understand and find value in. As you write, it
important to consider why you are writing (your purpose) and who
be interested in reading your writing (your audience).
as we have come to rely more and more on computers, we
finding new demands on our writing.
The Internet has created a
new era of written communication. Millions of people
messages on-line every day. The personal letter has been
resurrected in the form of e-mail. Business people,
scientists, fans and enthusiasts of every stripe use the
to send and receive information. And the ability to write
is essential for academic success. Beyond the essays
for college courses, the ability to write clearly is recognized
an essential workplace skill.
with a Purpose
are some of the main purposes for writing:
to express ourselves or our ideas to others.
letters and e-mails are examples of this type of writing.
to entertain others by telling stories or by describing
to explain or inform.
that explains or informs is generally
expository writing. Much
of the academic writing required
college courses is a form of expository writing which uses
of development such as process (how to), compare and
classification, division, cause and effect, definition, and
to persuade. Persuasive or argumentative writing is an attempt
convince your readers to accept or reject an opinion and/or to
you begin writing consider your purpose and your
Would anyone other than your instructor be
in reading your paragraph or essay? Why? Does
writing entertain, inform, or persuade?
If you begin
your writing with a clear sense of purpose, you will find it
to stay on track and complete your writing
developing your writing skills as you would
any other skills. If
you work regularly with a
of purpose, you will experience steady improvement.
well involves many skills, so don't expect everything
happen at once. You
wouldn't expect to be in great
after three visits to the gym.
You would probably
to work out for several weeks or months before you
much difference. Similarly
with writing, your
will be gradual, but at a certain point you will
that you have improved.