Wednesday, February 4, 2015


[ The debate ] over what’s true and what’s false in literature (storytelling in general) is never ending, primarily due to the fact that all written works, especially those considered of superior or lasting artistic merit, are based on some truth. Like that of a surreptitious military operation, the goal of argumentative writing is to tactically persuade your audience that your ideas are valid beyond the method by which you’ve chosen to relay your story. The Greek philosopher Aristotle divided the means of persuasion, appeals, into three distinct categories—Ethos, Pathos, Logos—which we’ve all experienced throughout our lives even though we may not have had a clue as to this strategic tactic playing out before us.

Pragmatic author A.K. Kuykendall has a passion for writing conspiracy, espionage, horror, and suspense literature that blend the concepts of fact and fiction. For more information on his projects, visit or, to email the author directly for Q&A on this post, write to