Guest Post: Persuasive Writing

This week’s guest post, on the topic of writing persuasively, is from self-professed tech freak Alia Haley. She is covering the way both fiction and non-fiction need to persuade the reader of something.

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Here’s Alia:

Ten timeless persuasive techniques that will convince your readers

When you are able to get your readers to agree with your story writing then that becomes a persuasive writing. Mastering the art of persuasive writing or learning the skill associated with it can be a beneficial skill for anyone. It is possible to write a persuasive piece by building it upon a series of facts in which the writer can argue his or her point of view. In the persuasive form of writing the writer presents his or his side of the story so well, that readers are left with not much room for raising any arguments. Your case may become more persuasive and compelling if you follow the 10 strategic techniques given here.

1. Repetition

When it comes to being persuasive with your readers, it is imperative that you use good repetition by using an example or a famous quote to make your point. Repetition is crucial since your readers can not agree with you, if they are not able to understand what you are trying to argue about.

2. Reasons why

Even if a particular reason makes no sense, your readers will be more willing to comply if you give a reasonable explanation. Always give reasons as to why, if you want people to be more receptive to your way of thinking.

3. Consistency

Consistency in our actions and thoughts is a valued social trait and when used in your writing, your reader will be able to agree with something up front rather than disagreeing with. Use plenty of supporting evidence to rigorously make your case, by pointing back to the opening case which has already been accepted.

4. Social proof

Social guidance from others is the best way of determining our ability in delivering aid to others, and mustering the courage to kill your own self within. Testimonials and outside referrals are the examples of social proof and what makes for social media as the main driving force. By alignments with outside authorities and skillful name droppings you can casually integrate some elements of this social proof in your writing.

5. Comparisons

The persuasive writer is able to use similes, metaphors and analogies by relating the scenario to something which the readers already accept as true. This is the ideal way of convincing someone to see a certain situation from your point of view.

6. Agitate and solve

In order to protect your case from an overall perspective, you need to first identify the problem and then deal with your reader’s reaction. This is the persuasive way of agitating your reader’s pain before you provide the answer as a solution to make it better. This is the empathy that will figure in the agitating phase, which clearly speaks of your ability to understand that pain or that you have the experience to eliminate it.

7. Prognosticate

Giving your readers a glimpse into the future is another persuasive theme, which convincingly presents current affairs into future outcomes. If your claims are backed by your ability to grasp the subject matter, there is nothing better than this. If your readers discern that you do not understand what you are talking about or contradicting yourself, then you will appear rather foolish which will damage your credibility.

8. Go tribal

Give your readers a chance to join in your group by giving them what they want as humans are exclusionary by nature. These could be about being wealthy or going green or even hip which is bound to interest certain people. Find out which group people want to be in and extend invitations for them to join in by appearing exclusive.

9. Address objections

At least a majority of your readers will be tough so while presenting potential objections, you really need to be well versed in your arguments of the subject matter.

10. Story telling

If you are a good story teller, then you will allow your readers to persuade themselves into making independent choices of what is right. Using the story telling persuasion with the other techniques mentioned above will truly speak of your persuasive ability towards your readers.

With these techniques mentioned above, you will become better at your persuasive skill of convincing others to agree with you, share your values and accept your arguments and conclusions.

About the author:  Alia Haley is a blogger who is a tech freak.  She has a weak side for gadgets and bikes. Recently an article on Apple iMac attracted her attention. Beside this she is busy in writing an article on Free Android Applications.


  1. Beckie says:

    I’m rewriting a scene where my antagonist is trying to convince my MC go along with his plan. I’m going to use some of your tips to make his argument more compelling as well as her response.

  2. mary brady says:

    I am most convinced by writers who write well. This post contains many compound sentences in which the one verb used does not agree with all the clauses to which it applies. This sort of thing grates on me.

    Further, I find many of the author’s suggestions incomprehensible. Item #2 is a good example: “even if a particular reason makes no sense, your readers will be more willing to comply if you give them a reasonable explanation.”

    This is gibberish. The reason makes no sense but you must give a reasonable explanation for that reason that makes no sense so that the reader will be persuaded. It really is just gibberish.

    Once again, I think ‘guest writers’ are big waste of time. I’ve always preferred BLH’s observations to those of ‘guests.’
    I cannot believe these people have blogs of their own. Perhaps I am simply spoiled. I should be grateful BLH’s site turned up on my yahoo page several years ago through no effort of mine!

    L&K, MaryB

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