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Aristotle’s Rhetoric: The Irresistible Novel

I’m officially closing the book The Irresistible Novel after this post. It’s been a great journey over the past twenty-seven weeks. This study has no doubt helped to shape me as a writer and helped me to evaluate and form my own writing voice. The last idea discussed in this fantastic writing book by Jeff Gerke is Aristotle’s Rhetoric.


Aristotle’s Rhetoric

According to Aristotle, there are three methods to move your reader along the path of persuasion and ultimately land them where you hope they will end up: at the end of your story.

In his first method of seeming credible, Aristotle states that a reader is more inclined to read your work if you at least seem credible in your subject matter. Your work should be perceived as accurate and trustworthy.

The second method of persuasion is all about putting your reader in the right mood and its importance can be summed up with, “the orator has to arouse emotions…because emotions have the power to modify our judgments.”(Gerke 218)

The third method involves creating a great case. Rousing emotion and curiosity will culminate in the creation of a great case balanced with evidence and testimony to the great story of the orator’s.

To Sum it all up…

As I close this book for the last time and finalize this in-depth writing study I want to remind you of all of the lessons I’ve examined from Gerke’s book.

Here’s a look at all previous chapters:

Chapter 1: Prologues

Chapter 2: Description

Chapter 3: -Ly Adverbs

Chapter 4: Purple Prose and Painted Paragraphs

Chapter 5: The Immediate Inciting Incident

Chapter 6: “To Be” Verbs

Chapter 7: Show Versus Tell

Chapter 8: Begin with Action

Chapter 9: Point of View

Chapter 10: Speech Attributions

Chapter 11: Outlining

Chapter 12: That

Chapter 13: Switching Between Story Lines

Chapter 14: Floating Body Parts

Chapter 15: Gerunds and Beyond

Chapter 16: Breaking the Fourth Wall

Chapter 17: Weasel Words

Chapter 18: Read Everything

Chapter 19: Elmore Leonard’s Rules

Chapter 20: The Big Enchilada

Chapter 21: Hacking Your Reader’s Brain

Chapter 22: Character Brain-Plot Brain

Chapter 23: A Brain Chemistry Story Map

Chapter 24: What’s It All About, Alfie

Chapter 25: The Monomyth

Chapter 26: Archetypes

In other news, next week I will be beginning an in-depth study of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. I’ve heard so much about this book and I look forward to expanding my writing skills and passion as a result of this book.

The Ameri Brit Mom

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