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How to write an impressive persuasive essay or manifesto



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Would you like to write various types of persuasive essays, including manifestos? You may wish to listen to my five lectures in personal history and creative genealogy writing strategies and salable essay writing for writers, teachers, genealogy journalists, personal historians, life story writers, and students. For further information on personal history writing you can check out my book on creative writing ideas you can use to raise funds, 101+ Practical Ways to Raise Funds: A Step-by-Step Guide with Answers: A Step-by-Step Guide with Answers, December 2007. ASJA Press imprint, iUniverse,inc. ISBN: 978-0-595-48058-6. 


One way to raise funds is to make use of personal history and corporate history success stories, life stories, celebrations of life, events, personal history, infomercials, and theme parties. The audio recording is at the Internet Archive (audio) collection: Five Lectures for Writers, by Anne Hart. This audio is part of the collection: Community Audio. 


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Or you may be interested in my video on writing essays at this Internet Archive video website, Essay-Writing-Instruction. This movie is part of the collection: Community Video. Producer: Anne Hart. Production Company: Anne Hart Productions. Audio/Visual: sound, color. Language: English. Keywords: manifesto-essay-writing; writing positive manifestos; essay-writing; writing instruction; writing persuasive essays; writing manifestos; essay-writing techniques; writing manifesto-like speeches and essays.


What should you put in a persuasive essay that uses and emphasizes an active voice of resilience and confidence?
You may wish to check out the growing popularity of the noetic arts. The word 'noetic' comes from the Greek noēsis / noētikos, meaning inner wisdom, direct knowing, or subjective understanding. A persuasive essay might explore inner wisdom or subjective understanding.  

Whatever topic you choose in any given subject for your persuasive essay, begin by stating the most important message in the first sentence of your first paragraph. Check out my video lecture on writing persuasive essays at the Internet Archives site, Essay-Writing-Instruction: Anne Hart: Free Download


Then provide a solution to a problem in your essay's last paragraph or state how results can be obtained. Answer the ‘how’ question with results and a solution. Ask what, when, where, why, who, and how in your essays. They can be more like a persuasive mini-manifesto than an opinion-editorial piece. 


Logic should flow from the most important point in the first paragraphs to the detail in each paragraph that would be applied in descending chronological order. The paragraphs should be the right size (short and easy to read). Two or three short sentences per paragraph and short, 10-word sentences are better than long, run-on sentences. 


The piece should answer the basic questions of what, who, where, when, how, and why. Those six traits are what every journalist asks when interviewing, and also what needs to be in most business presentations as questions and answers. 


Facts need to flow with active voice in naming each issue in chronological order of importance without weak, passive verbs. The piece should progress with important facts where they need to be in chronological order throughout and no excess wordage.

The last sentence of each paragraph must form a bridge for a smooth transition to the next topic in the following paragraph. The last paragraph should be memorable because it states the problem that must be overcome—the most important fact if your essay is about a problem that must be solved. Good writing habits take practice to develop. 


Writing Essays for Academic or Media/News Environments: The Manifesto: Writing Essays with Documentation and Library Research 


The Manifesto is a point of view. When writing essays for an academic environment, it’s important that you put in documentation based on research in libraries and/or the Internet. That means organization similar subjects to be grouped together with other similar subjects and putting in your resources as footnotes or at the end of each section of your essay or manifesto, or at the back on a separate page. 


The Manifesto is a point of view. It’s strongly and boldly written to make an impact on the readers, and it’s is written for the purpose of becoming a classic through the ages. It’s long. It’s written in the format of an essay. Even a journal can be a manifesto. It’s strong and opinionated, but the opinions are supposed to be of many people’s thoughts.

When you write your Manifesto, (usually spelled with a capital “M”) make it a product of the beliefs of many rather than solely your own point of view. A Manifesto is supposed to be greater than yourself and last longer. You even can start a new religion or creed with your Manifesto. 


The Manifesto can be about visionary change and making new starts or reforms, or about returning to imitating successful giants of the past and returning to tradition. It can be about ethics and morals or about forming a society or political following. It’s a philosophy. 


You usually have signatures at the bottom of several people, the longer the better. It’s more like a petition to get some point of view to improve the lot of many as a petition does. And it’s supposed to work like a petition to state that enough people feel or think the same way and what change for the better. 


Some Manifestos are negative and others are written to create an image, make an impact or an impression, or simply to arouse readers to make changes as soon as possible. A Manifesto is the individual statement of one person based on the individual statements of many people. Each person has a different way of looking at a situation or object. The manifesto brings all these people’s thoughts together in agreement. 


Anyone can write a manifesto expression one opinion, but it’s customary to have thirty signatures and thirty different individual statements in agreement as one statement summing up all the improvements or changes wanted in the Manifesto. It’s a document of finality and of concern or worry worked out by practical solutions and filling needs. A Manifesto is a philosophy in the way that anthropology, sociology, philosophy, and economics are philosophies or bodies of thought and learning. 


Your Manifesto is a method to bring about change, to forge a body of learning, and a document that shapes the way changes are to be made from the materials at hand 


Your manifesto can be about doing a good deed. A manifesto doesn't have to be negative or angry in tone, mood, or texture. Your Manifesto doesn’t have to be negative or put anyone down.


A manifesto doesn't have to be about bullying, cutting people's ideas down, or anything associated with negative emotions. Some manifestos of the past have made history based on their positive purpose. Various manifestos call for change. Other manifestos have been archived based on their negativity. Remember Valerie Solanis’ "Scum Manifesto" about “The Society for Cutting Up Men” called by the acronym “Scum?” It became a feminist classic. And a movie was made of Valerie’s life. (She’s the woman who shot artist Andy Worhol.) 


The playwright and author, a college graduate in psychology in the fifties, served her time, was set free, and ended up dying of pneumonia at the age of 58 in a homeless shelter in San Francisco several years ago. (See the film “I shot Andy Warhol.”) Her Manifesto became a classic, but she died in a homeless shelter. The point is, although her writings are feminist classics in print and also online, your Manifesto does not have to be negative. 


Your Manifesto could focus on change and widespread recognition 


Your manifesto could be about finding a better solution that offers measurable results and has clarity making the steps easy to follow. Or your manifesto could be a persuasive essay about building a better device, affordable assistive technology, or new gadget that solves problems that need to be research and tackled. Your manifesto could be about solving a problem that makes life easier. 


A manifesto doesn’t have to put down, cut down, or destroy to make changes. Your manifesto could be about radical changes in beliefs or in care of the environment. It could be about revision rather than division. If you want yours to be a classic that makes you some money, focus on attitude changes or revealing scientific discoveries, such as cloning used in new ways that don’t disrupt or tear down, but instead, build up and offer a better way of caregiving instead of caretaking. Will your essay make the world a better place, a kinder, healthier, and gentler place or a be about how to build a device that saves time, money, and energy or contributes to inner happiness and comfort without much cost? 


Your Manifesto could emphasize coming to terms with new conditions created by new information. Your Manifesto could be about new religions being better understood or new ways of looking at old ideas with fresh, new angles. Manifestos always have a section for “the undersigned” who are in agreement on the issues in the Manifesto. A Manifesto is full of facts. You be the child in the crowd who sees that the Emperor has no clothes and point out to the public that the guy is naked and still offering you the shirt on his back.


Read some of the more positive Manifestos. We have enough of the negative ones to titillate, such as the Unabomber’s Manifesto that starts out with “1. The Industrial Revolution and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.” People are tired of hearing about technology as negative. It’s there to save lives and purify the air.

Your Manifesto could emphasize how your philosophy can be used to make the world a kinder, gentler and better place to live for all. There are many Manifestos for you to study online. Look at the site: Futurism: Manifestos and Other Resources.


These Manifestos present an introduction to the international art movement founded in the Italy in 1909. The site includes manifestos attesting to the modernist movement’s fascination with speed, cities and advanced technology. 


Would you want your children to read your Manifesto? A Manifesto is there to manifest your point of view. For contrast, online there’s the Hacker’s Manifesto. It’s listed under “Higher Learning." The Manifesto at the site is dedicated to hackers who still believe in the old hacker code, Higher Learning provides texts on the art of hacking. To learn the ethics of hacking, download “The Hacker's Manifesto.” Check out, “Hacker Ethics,” and “Ethics of a True Hacker articles.” Or study the “Cyborg Manifesto.” Then make your own manifesto positive, uplifting, and for the good of all. Then make your own manifesto positive, uplifting, and for the good of all. 


You may wish to read excerpts from one of philosopher, Donna Haraway’s major works. Now, write your own Manifesto. Sell it as you would a pamphlet or booklet, through mail order locally or overseas. Put other people’s Manifesto’s on CD or DVD or wireless gadgets and e-publishing hand-held devices. Publish many people’s Manifestos and sell them as an anthology. Or disseminate your own Manifesto. 


Open a Manifesto publishing business at home with your desktop publishing software and sell in gift shops, specialty stores, or to schools and libraries through mail order. There are many ways to sell Manifestos. Many are up on the Web. They are great to read as a collection or as part of a book on a similar subject. 


Write your Manifesto, and promote it, but make it likeable. It’s fine to want changes now, but unless you can promote your work by making people want to read your work, by showing them how your Manifesto can offer benefits and advantages to the individual reader, they won’t buy it unless you show them how it works. You have to prove your credibility and trust that you know what you’re talking about. So back up your statements with factual, timely information by experts. Use feedback, and get signatures. 


It takes a thinker to write a Manifesto, but you need compassion and empathy to walk a mile in someone’s shoes so to speak to get an audience and to give the audience what they want from your writing and philosophy. Teach people to make changes from where they stand, and show them how your point of view reflects the agreements of many people for the changes you seek. 


Manifesto writing is like journalism. It asks why, when, where, how, what, and who. Only the why is asked first. To expand, start Manifesto writing support groups online and meet for lunch in local groups. Find or found a writer’s cooperative to publish Manifestos in many formats. Promote them, sell them, start a bookstore online for Manifestos, or put them in stores, schools, or counseling centers. Make a board game from your manifesto or put on video or audio tape. Get your Manifesto read on radio or public radio and on TV talk shows. 


It would be wonderful if your Manifesto could fit into the seven-minute attention span of TV viewers. Before you write, ask yourself who your audience will be. Then target that audience first with your promotional campaigns to read your Manifesto. Hire student or professional actors to act out your Manifesto as a Monologue in Live Theater or online. Got a Manifesto? Then turn it into a short play and offer it to the schools as a monologue script. For further information on writing manifestos, see chapter 49 of the paperback book, How to Make Money Organizing Information


Noetic arts are becoming more popular in the mainstream media, especially as the topic for persuasive essays 


With the October 19, 2010 paperback release of Dan Brown’s book, The Lost Symbol, millions of new readers have joined the 24 million-plus who bought the hardcover in September 2009. Almost all of these readers encounter the words "noetic sciences" for the first time, and a quick Google search lands them at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), in Petaluma, CA, which Brown introduces in the bestseller as "one of the real organizations in the novel that actually exists." Check out the site, The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Read excerpts and discussion questions. You can also listen to the first chapter on audiobook. 


For 37 years, IONS has been researching the connection between mind and body, consciousness and matter, through applications and laboratory research. Yes, even "The Cube," Brown’s magnetically shielded lab, exists in IONS’ factual version. IONS’ noetic sciences research and educational programs include explorations in the areas of consciousness and healing, worldview transformation, and extended human capacities. 


The 2009 The Lost Symbol Teleseminar Recordings 


Responding to the surge of interest in noetic science research inspired by The Lost Symbol, IONS in the past created a special 15-part teleseminar series exploring the noetic sciences mentioned in the book. The recordings, along with printed transcripts, became thank-you gifts in 2010 to new IONS Supporting Members and for sale in the Noetic.Org media store. 


The Science behind The Lost Symbol" teleseminar brought readers deeper into the rigor and validity of noetic science. Headlining the series are leading consciousness science experts discussing anticipation, spiritual healing, shifting archetypes, nature and the cosmos, ESP, the science of intention, and collective consciousness. 


Launched in October 2009, this ambitious program was introduced by IONS’ President and CEO Dr. Marilyn Mandala Schlitz from Washington, D.C., where she traced the steps of Katherine Solomon, Brown’s noetic scientist protagonist, and Robert Langdon, the lead symbologist in the book. Dr. Schlitz was interviewed on the scene by NPR’s Barbara Bradley Hagerty, who also posted a blog about her. Sacramento's FM radio station carries NPR on FM 89.3. See KQED Public Radio | KQED Public Media for Northern CA


Each segment in the "The Science behind The Lost Symbol" teleseminar series began and ended with Schlitz presenting insights into the research that she and other IONS scientists have conducted, helping to separate fact from fiction about experiments mentioned in the book. Dr. Schlitz also poses questions to help readers more deeply understand the noetic sciences in The Lost Symbol. See, The Lost Symbol [Book]


Creating awareness of noetic science in mainstream media 


To create greater awareness of the Noetic Sciences, IONS provides free access to many of its research publications and multimedia materials on its newly designed website. Discussion forums on noetic.org – a transformational learning network – and an eNewsletter are available by registering for membership. See: Institute of Noetic Sciences | Consciousness | Science. The website notes that it's about "the science that connects us." 


The Lost Symbol page on the noetic.org website offers a comprehensive list of books, multimedia materials, clips from Dateline, NBC, and Discovery Channel interviews featuring IONS in The Lost Symbol, and recent, peer-reviewed journal articles by IONS scientists and their colleagues. These papers explore the various noetic science topics related to concepts mentioned in the book. 


About Noetic.Org and IONS 


Noetic.Org is a global network open to the public that features information and tools to connect, learn, and transform through IONS’ noetic science research in consciousness and healing, worldview transformation, and extended human capacities. The topic often focuses on 'transforming.' 


Supported by the philanthropy of people who recognize the value and need for consciousness research, IONS is a leading science center researching the relationship between consciousness and the physical world. The Institute’s research facilities and 125-bed retreat center are located on a 200-acre campus in Petaluma, CA.