Purpose of an Author

The purpose of an author is basically why the writer wrote the paper. It’s what motivated them to write something. So, there are three basic types of motivations or purposes of an author. They either wrote something to inform, entertain, or persuade.

So, it’s important as a reader to understand the purpose of the author, because it helps you better understand the text.

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So, generally, it’s pretty easy to determine what type of paper something is.

So, an informative paper is basically when the writer is just giving the reader facts about something, that they’re telling them more about something.

A paper that is meant to entertain is generally fiction. It’s pretty much any kind of fiction work is meant to entertain.

Now, occasionally, fiction will serve a double purpose of also trying to inform, trying to persuade. But, generally, when something’s meant to entertain, generally means that it’s some kind of fiction piece.

And finally, the third type or the third purpose is to persuade, and this is actually the hardest type to determine, because generally, an author is going to try to hide that they’re trying to persuade you, because when someone knows you’re trying to be persuasive, they’re going to be wary or skeptical of the arguments that the writer is throwing at them.

So, a lot of times, a writer will try to disguise their persuasive paper as a paper that’s meant to inform, or a paper that’s meant to entertain, but actually, it’s meant to persuade the reader.

So, those are the three main types of purposes of an author. To inform, to entertain, or to persuade.

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Mini-test: Purpose of an Author 

1. What’s the author’s purpose in the following selection?

The giant panda is a bearlike animal that has thick white fur with black markings on its ears, limbs, shoulders, and around its eyes. The giant panda feeds on bamboo forests at high altitudes in western China. It also eats bulbs, roots, eggs, and some small mammals. The cubs are born in late winter. The giant panda is an endangered species and is protected by the Chinese government.
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2. What’s the author’s purpose in the following selection?

Everyone should have a pet. Pets are very loving and affectionate. They help children learn responsibility. Pets give you unconditional love. Having a pet is a wonderful experience that everyone should know.
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