June 28th, 2011

Writing Wrongs #3: Being a Wuss

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If you’re going to separate someone from his or her wallet, you’ve go to be persuasive.  And that means you can’t be a wuss about it. You’ve got to talk the reader into doing what they wouldn’t ordinarily do.

Persuading people to do something or to believe something means you can’t be wishy-washy about it.  You’ve got to be strong and forceful.  That doesn’t mean you need to yell, or be rude by talking over other people–volume alone isn’t persuasive, in spite of what the average “Real Housewives” seem to think.  But it does mean you have to make your argument effectively in a way that leaves the reader no alternative than to whip out that credit card, pick up that phone, and place their order–NOW!

Need more specifics?  Check out our infographic to get suggestions on how to pump up your essay to avoid the sin of wuss-dom.

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