I'm very eager to get high grade in my English exam which is seriously so close :)...Anyway we're going to do persuasive writing (no surprise there) but I want to try something new and this year it's Anecdote. So any ideas or examples would be great, cheers! xxxxx
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If by "persuasive writing" you mean "trying to convince your reader that your side of an argument is correct," then an anecdote might well work for an opener.
There are two important things to remember about anecdotes: they are personal, and they are emotional. (That's why "the plural of anecdote is not data.") So you use an anecdote to take a generic argument and make it individual (immigration). You use a story to put a human face on a philosophical argument (the right to an abortion). You explain why something is personally hurtful to prove that your argument is the morally right choice (marriage equality).
You still have to create an outline and prove your points, but you can use an anecdote to illustrate your point in a more forcible and powerful way.