All entries for Thursday 18 January 2007
January 18, 2007
How can one develop the skill of crafting a persuasive argument?
Some people have a talent for this- fellow law students who went on to become barristers relished the opportunities to moot and argue. But it must be possible to develop this if you set your mind to it.
I think it’d help in writing essays if I was able to think more “eloquently”. I can gather material, do bullet points and a skeleton of the essay without too much pain… and then endure agonies to move from that to a coherent full-blown essay.
I don’t think it’s just being a perfectionist (though that is part of it!).
But I think if I had learnt to argue better, following through thoughts logically (I do tend to go off at a tangent when I’m talking!) that’d help.
Are there books? Exercises? How about the Mind Gym book- there might be something in that??
To be continued…
Writing about web page http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/cll/openstudies/day/
Got the following message this morning:
“The Pursuit of Authentic Happiness course has been cancelled due to lack of support. You will be refunded online.”
Well that made me laugh anyway! ;-)