Your reader

Throughout this book we have thought about your 'reader' as the actual person who will be reading your work: usually your tutor but sometimes another student. Your tutor is usually the person who will be marking your work and who also helps you to develop your ideas and improve your writing, and your fellow student is someone who will be helping you to make your work clearer.

Both of these readers should be interested in what you have to say. In addition, we also talk about you yourself as the reader of your own work.

In this chapter we invite you to think about your reader differently. As well as thinking about your actual reader, we ask you to imagine and construct a reader progressively as you write, in order to think about how you can build up your case or argument to engage and persuade an actual reader. In the later sections of the chapter, we look at examples of writing that anticipate and deal with how an imaginary reader might respond to the case the writer is trying to build up: the reader who asks questions that make the writer explain and expand on the points they are making, and the reader who puts an opposing point of view. In our final example, which is a piece of academic journalism, we suggest that the author, as he writes, imagines and constructs a reader who is sympathetic to the case he is making. That is, he includes the reader in his writing as someone who would be in agreement with his views.

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