Write in a formal, persuasive, and descriptive manner

Write in a formal, persuasive, and descriptive manner

Writing in a Formal Manner

  • Recognise the importance of audience: Stay mindful of your readers and use a language level appropriate for them. Formal writing often targets an educated audience.
  • Stick to third person perspective: ‘He’, ‘She’, ‘It’, and ‘They’ are generally more proper than first person pronouns like ‘I’ and ‘You’.
  • Keep abbreviations and contractions (like can’t, won’t, etc.) to a minimum - their use can make your writing seem informal.
  • Pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Errors can damage the formal tone.

Writing Persuasively

  • Be sure about your standpoint: Clearly define the point you’re arguing for or against. It will become the backbone of your persuasive writing.
  • Use evidence to support your arguments: Statistics, quotes and factual information help establish your arguments and make them more compelling.
  • Leverage the power of emotive language: Words that evoke emotions in readers can be extremely effective in persuading them to your viewpoint.
  • Apply rhetorical questions: These can engage your readers and lead them to consider your argument seriously.

Writing in a Descriptive Manner

  • Make use of sensory description: Draw on the five senses to create vivid imagery and immerse your reader in your writing.
  • Prioritise showing, not telling: Instead of directly telling the reader how something is, use your words to paint a picture that conveys the same idea.
  • Use strong adjectives to enhance the depth of your descriptions and make them more compelling.
  • Incorporating similes and metaphors can help to add a creative flair to your descriptions, and elaborate specific details further.