How to Write an Argument Piece - Focus, Outline and Impact
by Jane Sumerset

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Want to write a piece that argues for a cause or a belief? Arguments are essentially essays written in such a way that tries to convince readers of the merits of a certain opinion. There are two ways most argument pieces are written.

Showing Two Sides Of An Issue

The first form of argument writing shows both sides of a single issue, letting the facts speak for itself with regards to how people should feel about it. These pieces can be deceptive since it is easy to dwell on one aspect while selectively presenting the other. Still, if your aim is to argue successfully, this type of writing can get your opinion heard while presenting a more complete argument for your cause.

Focusing On One Side Of An Issue

The second form of argument writing, on the other hand, takes an issue and focuses on a single aspect of it. If your intention is to show the folly of a particular action, for instance, you can write the entire essay detailing its negative consequences. These pieces, for the most part, make no qualms about masking its intention and present a hard-nosed operation from the onset.

Making An Impact

When writing an argument piece, the goal is to create enough of a case for your cause to compel the reader to consider that point-of-view. As such, when going through your essay, you canít have them bothered by common writing problems such as bad sentence construction, poor grammar and incomplete ideas. Five minutes with an English writing software, however, should be enough to ensure that your content stays free from all of those potential deal-breakers.

Writing isnít easy. Even people who do it for a living say so. Tasked to write something, most people end up spending hours staring into a blank page, unable to type even a single intelligible word.

If youíre the same way, you can take solace in the fact that writing does get easier over time. If you develop the right habits that make it less of an exercise in shotgun hunting and into a disciplined activity of organized presentation, you can learn to organize your ideas and write them in a way that makes people take notice.


The first thing you need is a clear focus for your written piece. If youíre writing about the health benefits of a bidet, for instance, it doesnít help to turn your attention to product installation or details of its construction. Keep your head on the subject and start writing with only that in mind.


If you find your head a mess of ideas, creating an outline for the piece youíll be writing will greatly help in completing it. Think about someone presenting the ideas to you and imagine how you would like it to be structured.

For the bidet example, you may want a short introduction about bidets, leading into their various health benefits and concluding with an emphatic argument about how they may improve oneís life. You can outline this as such:

* Intro Bidets * Intro Health Benefits * Detailed Benefits - For senior citizens - For preventing infections - For the sick * Closing Health Benefits

Essentially, an outline small chunks your writing task into clear topics. Instead of one big task ahead of you, youíll be looking at smaller pieces of copy with no more than a few sentences each. With a goal less daunting and the help of grammar software to ensure your words shine flawlessly, writing can really be much easier.

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