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Chapter 16. Writing Across the Curriculum > Playing with the Big Kids - Pg. 181

Writing Across the Curriculum 181 Writers can get carried away when it comes to getting the facts. It's reputed that in 1972, Frederick Forsyth and a dozen friends attempted to oust the government of Equatorial Guinea by kidnapping President Francisco Marcias Nguema. Forsyth's plan failed, setting him back more than $200,000. Fortunately, art doesn't have to imitate life. Two years later, Forsyth published The Dogs of War , which describes a band of mercenaries who overthrow an African government by killing its president. In the book, the plot was a success. · Be logical.Make sense. Even if you're not trained in the field you're writing about, you'll make a more convincing case if your writing is well-organized, unified, and coherent. · Use sufficient details and examples.You don't have to bury your readers in minutiae. You do have to provide the fabric to fill in the framework of your thesis. In this book, for instance, I've provided a lavish number of model essays, both student and professional examples. These serve to prove my point and give you models for your own writing. I also give you specific ex- amples, hints, and warnings. · Check and double-check your facts.Since you're not an expert in the field, make an extra effort to get it right. For example, I've written a number of science books for children, even though my field of expertise is humanities. I always do every experiment and demonstration I write to make sure it really does work. No exploding chemical volcanoes from my books! Write Angles