Writing rhetorically can mean something different for everyone. Is my style the same as yours, the same as hers, the same as his? No, of course not! Writing varies from person to person, topic to topic, culture to culture.
In the past, we have all been taught how to write according to “the rules,” the dreaded writing process. Our whole lives, writing a paper meant following the strict orders of our teacher. Whatever they asked for, we provided; whatever they said was good, we did. When I was little, there were always a few rules that seemed to stand no matter who my teacher was or what I was writing. Always have an intro, 3 body paragraphs, and a conclusion… and always make sure they follow an organized and logical order. My personal least favorite rule: ALWAYS spell out numbers if they are less than 10. There are so many others, but why bore you with that?
I do understand the point of these rules – to make sure the reader understands and to make sure that you are writing with enough detail and example. It was good to have guidelines growing up; they made me the writer I am today and gave me a strong foundation to mature from.
Now, however, we are growing up and finally moving beyond the 5 paragraph, 10 sentences per paragraph essay. This is rhetorical writing, where all the rules are thrown out the window and our true feelings, emotions, and creative writing styles finally are expressed. Looking back now, grade school was teaching us the very beginnings of rhetorical writing. My teacher was the audience I was trying to please. Only now instead of my teacher, I am writing for the world, for my peers.
I learned a lot from “the rules” and I developed a lot of good writing habits too. One thing I always do before I start to write a paper is create an outline. Sometimes it is detailed, sometimes it is not. But organizing my ideas and knowing where I am going with my writing always seems to help ease the anxiety we all feel when starting to write.
I hope you are enjoying this post because I am writing it for you, whoever you may be. I want to make this interesting and easy to read. As I write this blog, I always have you, my reader, in mind. That is writing rhetorically, right?
What do you think, is this post written rhetorically?