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coiski 101: 5 Steps on Taking A Stance in an Article Get your viewpoint across, effectively, with five easy steps

Whether blogging/reporting for your publication or gearing up for an essay during midterms, taking a stance in an article is something you will come across at least once in your lifetime. So writing-wise, it’s a necessity that you know how to productively get your perspective across to your readers. Assuming your topic of conversation is interesting, topical and relevant, you need to put great effort into indicating your stance and perspective.

Throughout this article, we’ll show you how to take a stance and simultaneously use excerpts from our “Why Super Teams are Great for the NBA” article as examples.

You can also view our “Why Barack Obama’s Influence Will Undoubtedly Last Forever” article  or our “Why this 2016 Dallas Cowboys Team is America’s Team More Than Ever” article as other examples on how to effectively take a stance. These two are great as well: Why Blake Griffin Should Be the Star of the Rumored Space Jam Sequel and Why There is No Fixing the NBA All-Star Voting.

  1. Identify the Issue – Oftentimes, people begin an article without signifying the issue or problem at hand, which results in losing the reader from the beginning. You don’t necessarily have to proclaim your stance from the starting point, but to keep from rambling and jumping over the topic, the first couple of sentences should directly reflect the issue in an aggressive and ingenious way.

Excerpt within the first 125 words of our example article:

“Here is where the super team- and whether it’s beneficial or detrimental to the league- argument arises. However, before diving headfirst into that murky abyss, let’s first set the whole “super team” record straight. Fact is, this idea that super teams are some sort of staple of the NBA is false, specifically in the current connotation of the word.”

  1. Analyze Both Sides of the Issue – To effectively coax someone in an article, you must have knowledge about each side, and pick the one you can appeal most adequately. Even further, you also need to be aware of complementary facts that support the opposing point of view that exist. By knowing the “other side,” your readers will be more compelled to trust your writing instead of viewing your article as a stratagem to force-feed them your viewpoint. Demonstrating that you truly understand both sides of the proposed issue is key.

Excerpt from Paragraph 9 of our example article:

“Therefore, the argument of whether the formation of super teams is a good or bad thing is two-pronged. One set of detractors would argue the case for the parity of the league being disrupted. They would say that there are teams that have no shot at all. The other set of critics complain that the league is too top heavy. Thus, throwing the league off balance and creating a lack of competition among teams and players, and a lack of interest among fans.”

  1. Choose Your Voice or Position – Make it transparent and unmistakable to your reader what position you hold on the subject. There’s nothing wrong about your viewpoint being based on something or someone else’s analysis, but the inference you have come to should be your own. Therefore, never stray away from giving YOUR resolution to the issue at hand. You don’t necessarily have to be domineering while doing this. Instead, experiment with some different, clever approaches – maybe easing into your stance, providing factual info that supports your stance from the beginning or providing the stance of a well-known figure on the same subject that might be the opposite of yours to keep the reader on his/her toes. There is an art to taking a side.

Excerpt from the intro paragraph of our example article:

“I, personally, am one who is not prone to hyperbole. The “of all time” label is almost always met with an immediate eye roll. However, this upcoming NBA season is quite possibly the most anticipated of all-time. At the very least, the offseason whirlwind has created the most buzz around any season in recent memory.”

  1. Research Facts to Support Your Stance and the Potential Opposition’s Stance – In addition to relaying on facts throughout the article, you need to be able to make use of these facts to arrive at general resolutions. These resolutions should be legitimized and backed by substantiation.

Excerpt from Paragraph 10 of our example article:

“The NBA has seen resurgence in the last decade plus due to its greatness. People have been, and always will be, drawn to dominance. Whether that perceived dominance is hated or embraced, it is watched. Ultimately, the job of the NBA, as a business, is to increase viewership and subsequent revenue. On the heels of the highest rated NBA Finals in history, the League’s new television deal, signed in 2014 and worth $24 Billion over nine years, went into effect. There is no way this is possible without an energized fan base regularly tuning in to games. Great games with great players – you watch the Warriors versus the Cavs because of the immense star power on the court at all times.”

  1. Show Your Confidence – This is the aspect in which you must add panache to your position. Let your viewpoint penetrate the mindset of your readers even if they don’t share the same stance as you. If they share your same stance, you want the reader to finish the article and say, ‘Yep, that’s exactly how I feel.’ If they don’t share the same views as you, their thoughts should be, ‘I don’t agree, but I can see how he/she feels that way.’ Taking a stance is all about striking a nerve.

Excerpt from Paragraph 9 of our example article:

“If teams all had the same chance, David versus David per se, would you watch with the same baited breath and inevitable rooting interest? Didn’t think so.”

View our “Why Super Teams are Great for the NBA” article to read a proper, full example of taking a stance in an article.

George Kiel

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