Writing to advise
- When we are Writing to Advise
- then we need to use the
- reminder :
- A G O N Y A U N T
- An ‘Agony Aunt’ is the slang name for
- someone who writes an advice column for
- newspapers and magazines. Readers write
- in with their problems and the ‘Agony Aunt’
- advises them on their best course of action
- (what they should do to solve their problem).
- We always need to think about the
- person to whom we are writing.
- This helps us to choose solutions
- suitable for them.
- For example if we are replying to
- teenagers, we will try and
- think of solutions to their
- problems that they will
- feel comfortable with.
is for Giving Good reasons to follow your advice
- It will help you here to use
- Modal Verbs
- Always explain your advice.
- Eg. If you could try and not be
- so jealous, then maybe your
- girlfriend would forgive you.
Is for being OBJECTIVE
- Being OBJECTIVE means that
- you are able to consider a situation
- from everyone’s point of view and
- not take sides. This helps you to
- give fair and balanced advice.
Is for NEW paragraphs for NEW topics
- Always remember to start a NEW PARAGRAPH if you start a new topic.
- Eg. I advise you to try talking this through.
- (New topic, so start new paragraph by leaving a clear space)
- Another approach you could try is to ask a mutual friend to talk to her first.
Is for YOU
Is for AUTHORITY
- When giving advice, we
- must sound as if we know
- what we are talking about.
- We must sound as if we are
- an AUTHORITY on the
- Authority =
Is for UNDERSTANDING
- It is important to always try to understand the
- problem that the reader is experiencing.
- This will help the reader to feel he is not struggling on his own.
- Use sentence starters such as ,
- I understand how you feel….
- You are not alone…….
Is for NEVER be NEGATIVE!
- In ‘Writing to Advise’, remember that
- someone is relying on you to encourage and
- support them. Never be negative when
- advising people. Try and make them feel like No. 1!
Is for TONE
- TONE is very important. It will
- decide whether you use FORMAL
- or INFORMAL language in your
- writing. It will also help you decide what vocabulary to use. When writing to advise use friendly, supportive,
- kind words to give
WRITING TO ADVISE? THEN USE
- A – Audience –choose formal or informal language
- G – Give Good reasons for following your advice
- O – Objective viewpoint – Don’t take sides
- N - New paragraphs for new ideas
- Y – You – using personal pronouns makes the
- reader feel you are interested in him
- A – Authority – pretend to be an expert on problems
- U – Understanding – Show you understand the reader’s
- N – Never be Negative – Make the read feel like No. 1!
- T – Tone – use the right tone, friendly and supportive
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