PERSUASION AND ARGUMENT – what’s the difference? Okay, so you’ve been asked to write to persuade.
In fact, you’ll be creating two very similar styles of writing. When you set out to persuade someone, you want them to accept your opinion on an issue: you want to change that person’s mind to your way of thinking. This does not mean you should ignore your opponent’s views – far from it.
That’s a sure fire way to ‘put their back up’ if ever there was one! You’re looking only for success and high marks. When writing to argue, you’re expected to take account of opposing views and find ways to counter and overcome these, mostly through the use of well-reasoned points. This is because when you are asked to argue, you need to show you have recognises that other equally valid views exist on the subject.