For those of you, though, who see writing as a means to affect social attitudes and change the way people view issues (and one another), perhaps what I have to say will help jar some now thoughts into existence. It doesnt matter that the letter may have come from some publishing clearinghouse.
You take a seat in your living room, perhaps at the breakfast nook in your kitchen where you then pause for a moment or two while hefting the envelope from one hand to the other.
Perhaps you even call in family, or a close friend, telling them about this strange letter wanting them present when you open the envelope.
You do so very carefully, removing the contents which include the facsimile of a 0,000 check bearing your name and a series of numbers --- one of which, you are told, is yours to keep and follow in the hope that it will be drawn at a lottery sometime in the not-so-distant future.
You have to read along the way whether that reading take the form of newspapers, news magazines, comic books, popular fiction like Walter Mosleys This article is based upon my own experiences as a writer and in the classroom and I do this as someone whose ability and love for writing enabled me to move up out of the Jordan Downs Housing Projects in South central Los Angeles, pass through Harvard, Stanford and Antioch Universities, and settle into a position where I can now share my love for the craft and love of writing itself with others.
For those of you concerned solely with writing better paragraphs and essays, what I have to say should offer some insights on accomplishing that task.
That 20-second window of opportunity is true for all audiences.
To Simmons and Priestley, in particular, I give Well, my mother, who was not a writer, was not nearly so fanciful in saying to me during my grade school years that I would have to pay a lot of dues before amounting to anything in this world.When using this gambit, it is very effective to state these questions as a series of one-liners (i.e., paragraphs) before getting to the thesis.Just keep in mind at all times that the questions you raise do more than merely set a tone for your paper, those questions sooner or later must be answered; Use quotations.With todays audiences becoming increasingly sophisticated and demanding, there is a premium on the attention span available. Knowing about and being able to make effective use of the various opening strategies can only enhance your skills as a writer.
Use a question or series of thought-provoking questions.
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