Writing Tip: Argumentative Narrative Structure.

Arguments. Debates. The lovely back and forth between two or more characters to broaden and intensify the point you are trying to make–this approach is very readable–and will allow you, hopefully, with a little practice, to hold readers attention page after page after page, till the book is over and done.

Basically it is this.

1.) Start your passage off with an intriguing but powerful single sentence statement line. (Something either vague and ambiguous, or, blunt and strongly opinionated, or, odd making the reader intrigued to continue.)

Ex: Napping was my favorite thing to do, there was nothing better than a heavy, long nap.

2.) Then, start your next paragraph off by giving examples of other things related, but not as good as, napping, because, the best way to explain an idea, is to first explain what it isn’t.

Ex: I like it, because apposed to sleeping, which always, as of late, feels like a job and a bothersome scheduled event, but with napping you can do it any time you wish. You don’t have to be in your bed, next to your alarm clock after brushing your teeth–napping can be done any where. On a bus, on a train, in the middle of your back yard in the rain, on a patch of clovers in a warm field.

Note: To really help exacerbate the meaning your trying to portray, don’t be afraid to take a moment and give examples to the statements you make. Examples add realism, to your argument, making even the most fanciful charlatan statements sound pretty, cute, and factual. *A big need when you write in genres such as fiction or fantasy. 😉

3.) Conclusion; this is the most vital part. The finishing touch admirable as a cherry topped summer time sundae. How does this arguement relate to your story, what was the purpose of telling this ditzy little anecdotal harangue to the reader?… sure it can be nice to learn more about a sleepy protagonist who sleeps, just as you do, creating a likable/ relatable protagonist, but, what is the point of it all, where is the ribbon bow and seal that ties it all together. The cherry, the shiny cherry that finalizes the richness and up-held-finger-point…

Ex: But, I’ve been doing it to often lately. These days so much I don’t ever sleep, just nap. It was effecting my focus, ruining my schedule, had caused me to miss exams and get behind with my football team (who lost there last five games without me, having to rely on shrimpy Gerald who couldn’t throw a rock forty feet let alone a football forty yards)

Thankfully it was sunny today, warmer than the last few, I need to get back on track if I wanted to win the Fenny Games this year. To prove to my brother I could do it. Thousand dollar cash prize I could see it now…

You can end a chapter like that, starting the next one off with him committing to that plan of bettering his life to work towards his goal. The key ingredients to the conclusive paragraph is to tell…a reason/motive, in this case, he has to stop napping. But also a risk that is in place if he doesn’t change his life for the better. With no risk there no tension. With no tension there is no suspence. An ingredient most dishes, passages, and books taste bland without–in this case it was his team losing more games.

Try it out, it might just be that sharp technique your looking for to shape your passages that much slicker, crisper, form. Good Luck.

your pal,


*Keep the pen dancing, keep a dancing pen.

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