Definition: 

Author’s usually have a purpose in mind when they write. The author’s language and style of writing can help you figure out his or her reasons for writing.  Four common  reasons for writing are: 

 

Persuade

Convince readers to think or act a certain way

 

Inform

To explain or give information about something

 

Express

To create a mood, or feeling, through description

Entertain

To amuse, interest, or scare readers, or make them feel sadness or joy