Starter’s Guide to Writing: The Term “Devil’s Advocate”

An article written by: Lee Sonogan

Playing the devil’s advocate in writing allows you to take an alternative position from the accepted norm. Or a certain point of view for the sake of debate or to explore the concepts further. Devil’s advocate helps us get a clear view of the world objectively and understanding a form of problem-solving from an individual. Challenging ideas is interesting writing content although how far you push it means the more controversial it could be.

Presenting counter agreements to meanings in conversations makes for an interesting ongoing conversation. If you don’t play devil’s advocate to test your ideas, you will never know if they stand up to scrutiny. Some examples of playing devil’s advocate include; The plan is good, but I’ll play devil’s advocate so that we know what the opposition can say. Playing devil’s advocate to every detail of the plan is the only way to ensure that you anticipate problems before they occur.

Looking into problem-solving you can use the devil’s advocate in fiction and non-fiction. Having the ability to see bad reasoning allows you to come up with many comparisons to any idea. Questioning ideas makes your writing more complex and creative. And makes your first, and second person perspectives easy to write.

I am an advocate of playing the devil’s advocate. Overall if you are going to use this writing method you should lead to more educated and empathetic arguments over other issues. The best part about the devil’s advocate is learning from both sides gives you an understanding of multiple perspectives. Depending on how we should use devil’s advocate you should be prepared for its consequences.

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