Written by: Haley Erb
Primary Source: Writing Rhetoric and American Cultures
Being controversial on purpose won’t get you invited to a lot of parties, but it might make you a better writer.
Defending your ideas can be terrifying; most people instinctively avoid confrontation. But debate sharpens both your ideas and your rhetoric. Early rhetoricians studied the subject for the express purpose of speaking in the public forum. They knew that ideas forged in the fire of controversy naturally become stronger – or, if they aren’t strong in the first place, burn out. And there’s nothing wrong with that. A weak idea that burns out is almost always a learning experience.
For some tips on how to actually go about raising some hell, check out this article at copybot.
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