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Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers

by Bill Hayes

Writing for the New York Times, Bret Stephens offers Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers.

8) Be proleptic, a word that comes from the Greek for “anticipation.” That is, get the better of the major objection to your argument by raising and answering it in advance. Always offer the other side’s strongest case, not the straw man. Doing so will sharpen your own case and earn the respect of your reader. [more]