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Writing Techniques

Writing is an important form of communication. Good writers use different writing techniques to fit their purpose for writing. To be a good writer, you must master each of thefollowing writing techniques.
1. Description
Through description, a writer helps the reader use the senses of feeling, seeing, hearing, smelling, and tasting to experience what the writerexperiences. Description helps the reader more clearly understand the people, places, and things about which the writer is writing. It is the most common form of writing. You will find descriptive writing innewspapers, magazines, books, and most other forms of written communication.
2. Exposition
Through exposition, a writer informs, explains, and clarifies his/her ideas and thoughts. Exposition goesbeyond description to help the reader understand with greater clarity and depth the ideas and thoughts of the writer. Expository writing, like descriptive writing, is commonly found in newspapers,magazines, books, and most other forms of written communication.
3. Narration
Through narration, a writer tells a story. A story has characters, a setting, a time, a problem, attempts at solving theproblem, and a solution to the problem. Bedtime stories are examples of short stories while novels are examples of long stories. The scripts written for movies and plays are further examples ofnarrative writing.

4. Persuasion
Through persuasion, a writer tries to change a reader's point of view on a topic, subject, or position. The writer presents facts and opinions to get the reader tounderstand why something is right, wrong, or in between. Editorials, letters to the editor in newspapers and magazines, and the text for a political speech are examples of persuasive writing.
5.Comparison and Contrast
Through comparison and contrast, a writer points out the similarities and differences about a topic. Comparison is used to show what is alike or in common. Contrast is used to show...
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