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How to Write Strong Arguments at The CreateDebate Blog

How to Write Strong Arguments at The CreateDebate Blog
I just finished reading an interesting essay entitled How to Disagree. Written by Paul Graham, the essay introduces and describes a seven-level Hierarchy of Disagreement. From name-calling to carefully reasoned refutation, Graham breaks down each level of the hierarchy with a brief explanation. I completely agree with Graham’s theory but I have to disagree with him in one critical area: his use of illustrations (he uses none). Graham’s Hierarchy of Disagreement Bam! As you browse the site and read debates, try to mentally classify the arguments with the most points. As you craft a response, do your best to explicitly refute the central point of the argument. ShareThis 49 Responses to 'How to Write Strong Arguments' Leave a Reply

Twelve Words You Didn't Know You Were Mispronouncing When we were young, we made the common mistake of pronouncing a word before we'd actually heard it -- which is why we're very thankful that someone eventually took us aside to inform us that "epitome" doesn't actually rhyme with "metronome." And since we live in the age of the neologism, there are more new words to mangle than ever. So, it's with great humility that we present to you a list of words we reeeeeeeeally wish everybody would quit mispronouncing. You can click on each to hear audio of how it's actually supposed to sound in English (even if that isn't its actual language). Questionnaires for Writing Character Profiles - Creative Writing Help Enter your e-mail to get the e-book for FREE. We'll also keep you informed about interesting website news. "I have searched the web and used different worksheets, but none have come close to your worksheets and descriptions of (what to do and what not to do). Both courses I have taken have with Creative Writing Now have been amazing.

Searching for the best dictionary. - By YiLing Chen-Josephson It can be a challenge to get at what sets a dictionary apart from its peers. First, you have to move beyond the marked family resemblance (thumb index tabs, speckled pages, and a preference for the name Webster), the swaggering jacket copy ("The most useful dictionary you can own," "The most up-to-date dictionary available," "America's favorite dictionary," etc.), and the shrink-wrap put in place to encourage you and your grubby hands to judge a book by its cover alone. Then you must read indefatigably through scads of introductory material and reference supplements, weigh the merits of different line drawings of jerboas and lazy tongs and the like, and, above all, look up words you know over and over again. I, unencumbered by gainful employment and needing to be kept off the streets, am the very definition of a person up for this challenge. Before I tell you the results of my tests, there are some hard questions you should ask yourself about what it is that you want from a dictionary.

25 Insights on Becoming a Better Writer When George Plimpton asked Ernest Hemingway what the best training for an aspiring writer would be in a 1954 interview, Hem replied, “Let’s say that he should go out and hang himself because he finds that writing well is impossibly difficult. Then he should be cut down without mercy and forced by his own self to write as well as he can for the rest of his life. At least he will have the story of the hanging to commence with.” Today, writing well is more important than ever. Far from being the province of a select few as it was in Hemingway’s day, writing is a daily occupation for all of us — in email, on blogs, and through social media. It is also a primary means for documenting, communicating, and refining our ideas.

25 Reasons Not to Trust Spell-Check When Job Hunting You've probably pored (or is it poured?) over your resume and cover letter hundreds of times, fine-tuning them, updating them, making sure they're so perfect that even the most trained eye could find nary a mistake. And you've heard it before, but it never hurts to hear it again: Don't. Misspell. Anything.

Amazing Women Rock - 10 Tips For Writing Life Stories That People Want To Read Susan notes: I asked my friend, author and prolific writer Jo Parfitt to share some tips on storytelling and writing. Here are her top 10 for writing Life Stories that people want to read. When you conduct an interview you will nearly always ask more questions than you need, and spend more time interviewing than is necessary. These tips will help you to conduct an amazing interview: 1) Ask fewer than ten questions and be sure that those questions are open (they won’t get you a yes or no answer).

How to Disagree March 2008 The web is turning writing into a conversation. Twenty years ago, writers wrote and readers read. The web lets readers respond, and increasingly they do—in comment threads, on forums, and in their own blog posts. Many who respond to something disagree with it. Pragmatics First published Tue Nov 28, 2006; substantive revision Mon Mar 21, 2011 These lines — also attributed to H. L. Mencken and Carl Jung — may or may not be fair to diplomats, but are surely correct in reminding us that more is involved in what one communicates than what one literally says; more is involved in what one means than the standard, conventional meaning of the words one uses. The words ‘yes,’ ‘perhaps,’ and ‘no’ each has a perfectly identifiable meaning, known by every speaker of English (including not very competent ones).

Nerd Paradise : How to Write a 20 Page Research Paper in Under a Day Posted on: 10 Cado 7:0 - 5.27.29 So you've procrastinated again. You told yourself you wouldn't do this 2 months ago when your professor assigned you this. SpecGram—Cartoon Theories of Linguistics—Part ж—The Trouble with NLP—Phineas Q. Phlogiston, Ph.D. SpecGram >> Vol CLIII, No 4 >> Cartoon Theories of Linguistics—Part ж—The Trouble with NLP—Phineas Q. Phlogiston, Ph.D. Phineas Q. Phlogiston, Ph.D. Unintentional University of Lghtnbrgstn Please review previously discussed materials as needed.

15 Oxymorons" An oxymoron is a combination of words that contradict each other. Here are some of our favorites. 1. virtual reality Grammar quiz: Do you know the passive voice? One "rule" that many self-appointed experts on writing return to again and again is: "Don't use the passive!" Or, as some puckishly put it, "The passive voice should be avoided." The passive voice is often disliked because it can be used to evade responsibility: "Mistakes were made."

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb  We're all tempted to use words that we're not too familiar with. If this were the only problem, I wouldn't have much to write about. That's because we're cautious with words we're unsure of and, thus, they don't create much of an issue for us. It's the words that we think we're using correctly that wreak the most havoc. This writer is writing a novel. Live. Online. Right now. You can pretty much like and comment on any media you consume these days — except books. Lucky for my fellow social media addicts, one author’s out to change that. Joshua Cohen, an author whose essays have been in The New York Times and Harper’s, is currently writing a novel online.