How to present a clear viewpoint in writing

Lindis Dixon
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English Mind Map on How to present a clear viewpoint in writing, created by Lindis Dixon on 20/11/2016.

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How to present a clear viewpoint in writing
1 Clear structure
2 Use grammar correctly, punctuate and spell accurately
2.1 Apply a wide range of vocabulary and terminology
2.1.1 Viewpoint refers to the mind of the character through which the reader is told a story.
3 Write in the First Person – The character tells the story, using the pronoun ‘I’.
3.1 Simple – One character tells the story.
3.1.1 Simple Unreliable Narrator – One character tells the story but we don’t know if he is telling the truth.
3.1.1.1 Rashamon Effect – This means multiple characters tell their version of the same events in the story.
3.1.1.1.1 Separate Multiple Viewpoints – This means multiple characters tell the story using first person perspectives.
3.1.1.1.1.1 Sequential Multiple Viewpoints – This means different characters tell the story from their perspective in a timeline or sequence. You may have Jane narrating events in January, Debbie narrating events from February to June, and Sarah in July
3.1.1.1.1.1.1 First Person Omniscient - The narrator is a character in the story, but also knows the thoughts and feelings of all the other characters.
4 Write in the Second Person – The character tells the story using the pronoun ‘You’
4.1 This is the least common of all viewpoints used by authors. It is used to make the reader feel uncomfortable. The character is often alienated or in an altered state. The reader feels as if he or she is being compelled to listen
5 Write in the Third Person – The narrator tells the story using the pronouns ‘He’ and ‘She’
5.1 Subjective – This means the author focuses on one character and his thoughts and feelings. It is similar to simple first person but the author uses ‘he’ instead of ‘I’.
5.2 Omniscient – This means the author gives readers a broad view of the story. The thoughts and feelings of many, or all, the characters are shown.
5.3 Objective – This means the author observes, and tells the story according to the actions of the characters. Readers have no idea what is going on inside the heads of the main characters.
6 Start with a clear opening that explains what the argument is about and where you stand on it.
6.1 ite a series of structured 'body paragraphs' that present the debate, that is, the differing sides of the argument – but in each case use this to show how your viewpoint is the best one to take.
6.1.1 A strong conclusion that very briefly summarises the strongest point from each side of the argument, before restating the writer’s view as the best compromise to follow.
6.2 Useful connectives: but so and so however although instead of alternatively in contrast whereas on the other hand unlike otherwise likewise similarly equally as with in the same way like
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