Argumentative Essay Writing Tips
Argumentative essays are essays which exist to persuade readers to come around to the viewpoint being espoused in the essay. Writing one of these essays can be difficult, because it requires finding an argument which is at once not too general and not too specific; as well as being able to properly word the argument so that you can persuade people effectively.
Argumentative essays should take a controversial stance as much as possible, in order to draw people in and engage with them, but this is where the too general\too specific problem comes in: have too general an argument, and there is too much research out there to truly get to grips with the evidence; have too specific an argument (particularly with a new subject) and you run the risk of not having enough evidence. The proper structure of an argumentative essay is something which is very particular: most essays have between three to five body paragraphs (as they are known): for the best results in an argumentative essay, have two or four paragraphs dedicated to the arguments which you are personally in favour of, and then use the other paragraph to discuss an opposing argument to strengthen your own.