Write down what you're thinking about, but also why that is. It's this second part that makes Goodpoint different.
Last updated on Jan 24 , 2021
The right narrative changes minds.
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On Goodpoint, you write in an outline format.
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The outline format is a series of bullets that describe the points of the idea you're trying to persuade others to agree with. A basic example of an outline is:
Coffee helps people wake up
- People drink coffee in the morning
- Coffee contains caffeine
- Caffeine is a stimulant
Below is an example of the most basic outline: a point and a reason:
Water goes in the fridge
- Because the fridge keeps things cold
The trick to figuring out the reason is to ask yourself why:
Why does water go in the fridge?
- Because...fridges keep water cold
Now you're able to assign each element as one of two types: a Fact or an Opinion
Water goes in the fridge (that's an Opinion because not everyone believes that)
- Because fridges keep water cold (that's a Fact because as long as a fridge is working as expected, it keeps things code)
Shoes don't go in the fridge [why?]
- [because] They aren't made to be eaten
- [because] They don't need to be kept cold
- [because] It's unsanitary to keep them next to food
Anytime you've ever said "for example" or written "e.g." you've created an outline structure, whether you knew it or not.
Here's an illustration of what we mean by that.
Most people don't like exercising
- [for example] I see more people sitting on the couch and watching TV
People agree with ideas based on their reasons and examples.
In the coffee example described in the prior point, one person might believe "People drink coffee in the morning" and click the check mark button next to that because they drink coffee in the morning. But some people might not believe that point because it's not a part of their culture, or maybe they just prefer tea. In this case, "people drink coffee in the morning" is an opinion of the person who wrote it, so it's likely that people who agree with that opinion will click the check mark and people who don't, won't.
Alternatively, people who prefer tea may click the check mark button next to "coffee contains caffeine" and "caffeine is a stimulate" because they're both facts. Unless someone brings up the point that some coffee does not, in fact, contain caffeine. Decaf doesn't (ok, well trace amounts).
So the reader may agree with the main point that "coffee helps people wake up" but may not agree with the argument. Maybe some people drink coffee because it's a habit, or they like the taste.
In each of these cases, Goodpoint makes these issues clear so you can decide what you really think, and why you think that. We also have the editor available to you, so you can create your own ideas based on your own logic and share those around.
At large, the community of people on Goodpoint will help the most persuasive and intelligent ideas rise to the top, where it's less about being an influencer and more about having your opinions grounded in facts.
Show others the intelligence behind your views. Click "Share" to present your belief now! Your name and photo will be at the top of the article, so recipients know they are seeing your perspective. On Goodpoint, posts have the conversation for you.
Goodpoint is an online community where writers are more persuasive, because articles are organized more intelligently. On Goodpoint, content is created in easy-to-read outlines. This allows reasons to be positioned underneath the ideas they support, making the information clearer. And sections are labeled as either fact or opinion, so readers always know what kind of idea they are evaluating.
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