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Writing Masterclass: Purpose (Strategy 5 in the Writing Masterclass Series)

teacher avatar Rachel Leroy, Stop Striving and Start Thriving

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Lessons in This Class

4 Lessons (16m)
    • 1. Intro (Please note the whole series is broken down by one Strategy per course, not two strategies)

    • 2. Writing Purpose: Purpose in Fiction Strategy 5 Technique 1

    • 3. Writing Purpose: Purpose in Nonfiction Strategy 5 Technique 2

    • 4. ClosingThoughts

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In this course you will learn to hone your style and craft in the fundamentals of effective writing.

  • Practice effective word usage and economy
  • Implement proactive sentence structure
  • Utilize effective word order and sentence flow
  • Create strong intros, conclusions, paragraph order, and variety
  • Strategize your purpose and unity with maximum effect
  • Convince your reader through strong logic and presentation
  • Understand what attitudes will give you an edge in your writing
  • Practice effective habits that will help you create the writing quality you desire

This course is intended to be part of the series, Writing Masterclass: The Ultimate Guide to Writing Mastery. "Writing Purpose" is Strategy 5 of this series:

Strategy 1, Writing Words

Strategy 2, Writing Sentences

Strategy 3 Writing Structures

Strategy 4, Writing Paragraphs

Strategy 5, Writing Purpose

Strategy 6, Writing Presentaiton

Strategy 7, Writing Attitudes

Strategy 8 Writing Habits

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Rachel Leroy

Stop Striving and Start Thriving


Rachel Leroy BA, MA, MFA

Writing Professor and Personal Growth Teacher


As a teacher and lifelong learner, I'm excited to engage my creativity and expertise to help students and other learners engage in empowering learning experiences that will help them succeed in their careers, education, and lives. With thirteen years experience as an Assistant Professor in English, writing, and composition at Georgia Southern University, I have acquired experience teaching writing and composition, creative writing, critical thinking and logic, online learning, research methods, first year college experience, student-centered learning, editing, grammar, and literature.

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1. Intro (Please note the whole series is broken down by one Strategy per course, not two strategies): hello and welcome to writing that sales techniques that transform your writing. This course offers you an opportunity to improve your riding style through specific techniques that you can apply right away to your writing process. Now this isn't a course on how to sell your riding directly, but it's a course on how to improve your riding style itself, which will increase the chances that you're riding will sell itself. In addition to specific marketing strategies that you may use, the course covers different sections of the writing process and nuts and bolts techniques on how to improve your writing process and your riding style. It covers all the way from the word level, all the way to global issues, all the way to habits and attitudes. The course is set up into four sections, one section on words and sentences, so it starts with words and then builds into sentences. Then there's another section on paragraphs and structures, and so it's scaffold and build into paragraphs in structures in terms of larger chunks of the writing process. And then it goes into purpose and presentation, which is looking more at global ideas, combining paragraphs and combining host structures of your piece to see what it looks like as a whole, and then stepping back from your writing pieces individually and looking at them as a group . You will also have a section on habits and attitudes that can help maximize your writing process, help you to improve your riding style and help you to increase the chances of succeeding in your goals as a writer. Now, this course is for anybody who wants to improve the writing style. It's targeted more for beginners, but it could also be useful for intermediate riders. Whether you're a business writer, a creative writer, someone who writes poems, short stories, poetry, someone who blocks someone who writes academically. Whatever the case, maybe there's a little bit of something for everyone in this course. If you're an advanced writer, you may find things that will help you here. But this is more, of course, for in intermediate and beginning writers, the goal of this course and what it will do for you, this course. Like I said, we'll help you to improve yourself as a writer in a way that will be techniques that you can apply practically and specifically and, um, each course section. Like I said, it's set up into two strategies per section. There's eight strategies total several techniques per strategy and each technique. For most of them. There is an explanation. First a rule and then an explanation, a demonstration or an example and then an application of it in some way so that you can put it into practice right away. The example helps you to see that particular technique in practice, and then the exercise and or the quiz at the end of each particular strategy will actually help you to apply that technique so you know how to use it in your own riding, and you can apply it right away. Keep in mind that none of these techniques are necessarily catch alls. For example, if we say use active voice, that doesn't mean that you use active voice 100% of the time. So keep in mind that these techniques are not all out rules, even though that word may be used on occasion to describe these techniques. So if there's a case where active voice is not appropriate or it doesn't flow, well, then don't use it. So this is like I said, Each technique is not a catch all but a general rule of thumb. In each situation, you'll need to look at the context of the situation to see what's most appropriate, like anything, for example, a musician. First, you have to learn the rules before you can break them, and then once you understand the nature of them, that's when breaking them becomes appropriate because you understand the context of a situation. So keep that in mind as well. Um, but this course is unique because it covers a wider range of techniques than some of the similar courses that air included on this side and similar sites because it includes a wider range of techniques in many cases, and also it covers habits and attitudes. I think it's important not just a look at the Senate's level and the word level, the paragraph level and the whole work level. But to stand back and look at your works as a whole and look at patterns in your own riding style and patterns in your habits that influence those techniques, and so we'll talk about and cover that as well. The course is set up in terms of each of the sections in each of the techniques in each of the strategies. For each section, there will be two videos with talking over slide shows, so they'll be to slide shows per section, and there will be a talking head video over each one that will guide you through that process. At the end of that talking head video or slide show, there will be either a quiz or a some kind of technique or exercise to apply to that. In some cases, there may be both, but in most cases it will be either one or the other, depending on which is more appropriate in that situation. So let's go ahead and get started and welcome to the course writing that sales techniques that will transform your writing. 2. Writing Purpose: Purpose in Fiction Strategy 5 Technique 1: Hello and welcome to Strategy five, which is the next section of the course. The next section includes purpose in presentation. Purpose is Strategy five in presentation is Strategy six strategy. Five Purpose states plan your work around one key idea or question So basically, the gist of that is to have one clear main idea in your piece. There are exceptions to that, like anything but most of the time, regardless of your genre, you will have one key idea around your piece, and it may be a direct thesis statement, depending on your genre. Like if it's non fiction or an essay. But it may also be more subtle than that. Even in fiction, though, you wanna have a central theme or a central idea, a central event or something, some key idea or question that the whole piece revolves around. And so planning your work around. One key idea or question is important. An explanation for that, for example, in fiction or nonfiction. Generally, it does have a main idea. Consider this the engine that pulls the train along or consider it the thread that runs through the whole work to create a unifying element throughout the piece, So those are two metaphors that a lot of people can understand. I like to think of it as a train, and it's the engine that pulls the train along, and all of the cars that come behind the train are in some way connected to it. There's something that keeps them connected or linked together. And then at the end, the caboose is still connected because if there's a disconnect, then the engine may exist. But it's gonna pull along and leave some of the cars behind. So it's really important to have that unifying element that goes through all of your work for technique one. In a work of fiction, for example, the character has a driving need to create something she doesn't have to eliminate, something she doesn't want or to change a condition for the better. Or maybe to get something that she like. I said something that she doesn't have that she would like to have a very well known example would be Gone with the Wind and Going With the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara. She's one of the most. She's very She's a vixen, that's for sure. She's one of the most famous characters and flawed characters in American fiction. But she's also one of the most complex and intriguing characters. And while she has good qualities, one of them things about her notorious characters that she pursues actually Wilkes and a lot of times to her own expense at the expense of love at the expense of true happiness. And after the War, she vows never to do without money again. And so we see how that driving force of what she wants pushes her and motivates her throughout the movie and throughout the film and throughout the book. And we see how complex her character is and how that causes her a lot of pain and how she takes for granted the people right in front of her that love her in pursuit of these forces . And once she has one of them, she forgets that about it. And she just continues to pursue it, even though she doesn't have to pursue it in that way anymore, and what she realizes the irony at the end. It just creates all this tension and all this friction throughout the piece. But her will to achieve those goals drives her with a force that she doesn't understand at times and often at the expense of real love and happiness. And so that's just a example. Infection off a central theme or a central focus that up that thread that unifies all the events in the storyline. And like I said in nonfiction, that could be a thesis, and everything else in that would in some way point back to that. Support that or summarize that in some way. So the unifying work or key idea or key question that drives a piece should be present in most pieces of fiction and nonfiction, and that is technique one of strategy five. 3. Writing Purpose: Purpose in Nonfiction Strategy 5 Technique 2: hi and welcome to strategy five technique to in nonfiction. A significant point drives the reader forward, and this thread weaves itself throughout the piece, so it's very similar to fiction. But like I said earlier, you wanna have one key main idea. Driving question, theme or idea and all the paragraphs you don't want to go off on a tangent. You want to make sure, in some way that they support come together with Unify back or explain that key question. Remain idea. In some cases, you'll have a direct thesis. In other cases, you'll have more of an implied thesis. Either way, you wanna have that unifying support throughout the key question here in fiction or nonfiction. Why should the reader care about your piece? And that makes some kind of harsh, but it's not meant to come across as being sarcastic. It's meant to come across very literally. Why should the reader care about your piece? Make them care? Get them involved shovelling your engagement to show them why the characters driving force matters to the reader. Show them why your key question or thing is important. Really engage them in the importance of the topic and That's why a lot of times and interesting conclusions you'll want to talk about why the issues important. You don't want to get on a soapbox necessarily and preach to your reader but expressing to them why the issues important? What's at stake with it? Why is it urgent? And why should the reader care? Why should it matter? That is your main idea that is your driving force. That strong component will keep your reader engaged throughout, just like talking about following your curiosity and following your instincts that we'll talk about in some of the future strategies and techniques. You want to make sure that that comes through in your main idea, and that does engage the reader if you're engaged and that comes through in your writing. Your reader is also more likely to be engaged an example off nonfiction ways to engage the reader to have that thread that drives through the whole piece. Um, here's a quotation. You know you don't throw a whole life away just cause it's banged up a little, says Tom Smith from Seabiscuit. That masterpiece it tells a story of an under horse past his prime, who has been thrown away, and I don't want to spoil the storyline if you've never read the book. But basically the story is about healing, Brokenness and redeemed redeeming loss and Seabiscuit is, Ah, horse that supposedly past his prime. He doesn't have the ideal physique for a racehorse. He's got these intimidating opponents. Nobody's believed in him. Nobody's believed in these other people that have been broken by the Depression. And so the driving force in this storyline is redemption, restoration and even vindication to appoint, and that drives the characters throughout its. In a sense, they all redeem each other. Red paller, who is Sea Biscuits rider, states you know, everyone thinks we found this broken down horse and fixed him, but we didn't. He fixed us every one of us, and I guess in a way we kind of fixed each other to. And so that's the theme and the driving force throughout. That's what makes you root for Seabiscuit and want so bad to see him succeed. And it makes you want to see Tom Smith succeed, and it makes you want to see the trainer succeed and Sea Biscuits ride or succeed and his owner, because they're all broken, and there's that theme running throughout. That's a common thread between all of the characters, including Seabiscuit. And so it makes everybody, even in real life Dearing the Depression when all this was going on. That's why people rooted for Seabiscuit because he was an under horse, an underdog, and people could understand that that could relate to it. It wasn't cliche at the time, and so it was a very good thing for a story in its one that even people today can understand somebody who's broken down on their luck. Supposedly not good enough, not the ideal candidate for something. We've all been there, so that's a common thing that everybody can understand. So just reiterating technique. Two of strategy five under purpose in nonfiction a significant point drives the reader forward, and this thread weaves itself throughout the piece. Why should the reader care about your piece? Really think about it, that that's your main idea, and that is technique to of strategy 4. ClosingThoughts: Hello, my dear students, I want to thank you for taking this course in the series on riding master class and at the end of each of thes courses in the Siri's Ah, large portion of them will have an exercise and you'll see that in the documents section of the course is some of them may not, but many of them wheel if he would. I encourage you to do the exercises, take the quizzes and put your results to the exercises in the project area of the course that allows us to see what you're doing. I can give you feedback on your exercises so that you can see how you're doing in terms of mastering the class concepts and also includes some edited pieces that you have done or riding pieces that you have done based on the class. Police put those in the project section so we can see, and I can see the wonderful things that you're doing to improve your riding so you can see real results occur. And also, if you wouldn't mind if you have enjoyed the course. If you've gotten something from the course, police check the box that says I would recommend. This course will probably see it at the top of your screen or somewhere popped up on your screen near the end in the last lecture of the course. If you would do that, I greatly appreciate it. And police leave an honest review so that it will allow me to help you and to make better courses for other students in the future. Thank you so much for your time, and I look forward to seeing you there. And also, if you have questions, police post them in the discussion area. I love to talk about riding. I love to help you with your riding. And while I don't have time to give full critiques on rotting, I will be more than glad to comment on your responses to the questions there that are exercises in the course. So if you have any questions in general police, feel free to write right me and reach out to me as well. You can also find my contact information in my faculty profile, and I look forward to getting to know you have a great day