What is your primary objective for writing your book?

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It’s important to know what you hope to accomplish with your book. You should know what message you are trying to send, and whom that message is supposed to reach.

Although there are many reasons to write, to persuade, to inform and to entertain represent the three main forms of author’s purpose. Most other reasons can be grouped into those three broader categories.

So lets talk about Writing to Persuade

To persuade is the first main type of author’s purpose. Text written to persuade means the author’s goal is to convince the reader to agree with the author. This might mean the author wants the reader to think or even act in a specific way. This type of writing is extremely common. Any piece which pushes a certain opinion or asks for some sort of call for action is persuasive writing.

The second main type of author’s purpose is to inform. In this format, the author’s goal is to enlighten the reader about real-world topics and provide facts on those topics. However, in contrast to pieces written to persuade, these facts are not used to support a specific opinion. The facts are presented in order to teach the reader. Examples of texts written to inform include textbooks, cookbooks, newspapers and encyclopedias.

And Lastly Writing to Entertain

The primary purpose of texts that are written to entertain is to amuse readers. This does not mean that the text must be happy; the text could be a tragedy, but the main reason for writing the text is to amuse readers.

Of course, this is not to say that stories, poems, or plays cannot be informative. These texts may even express values and ideas that will persuade readers to view the world differently.  Nonetheless, if the text is not entertaining, readers are unlikely to find enlightenment or be moved by such a text.  Therefore, the primary purpose of any text, poem, play is to entertain readers.

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