LC English Lab

Most young writers lack passion because they do their thinking on the page; they summarize obvious information and reiterate an author’s claims.  If they look for themes at all, they might highlight them as they write, or they may just gloss over them in the conclusion (if they take the time to think through their conclusion).  For our purposes, though, we want to “write backwards” — we want to see the direction we are heading before we start writing.  If writers are to persuade, they have to know which way to point.  Aristotle calls this Invention, or “finding the argument” (SPACE, Rhetorical Triangle).