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Every good lesson is life is learned on dark cloudy days when everything goes wrong, nothing is learned on bright sunny days when everything goes right. I have written a lot of personal stories about failure and success. I have been in 14 b...

How to Write a Five-Paragraph Essay That Works

In this post, we discuss how to write a five-paragraph essay that works, regardless of subject or topic, with a simple—but effective—plan for completing a successful essay. As a parent of five children (three now in high school), I’ve...

5 Goals for Making Your Anthology the Best That It Can Be

Marika Lindholm, co-editor of the new book We Got This: Solo Mom Stories of Grit, Heart, and Humor offers 5 tips to creating a more appealing and successful anthology. I recently had the honor of coediting the anthology We Got This: Solo Mo...

If my essay were…

May 6, 2019, by John If my essay were… I love writing essays. There is no sarcasm intended in the previous sentence. I genuinely do. I love writing it, responding to the question, and seeing it as a unique way for me to express myself. Bu...

‘These are the Best Days of your Life’

November 14, 2018, by Lucy ‘These are the Best Days of your Life’ Sometimes being a student can be a little overwhelming. With student loan crises, endless deadlines and sub-par accommodation, being at university can seem like an endles...

How to Sell an Essay or Article: 21 Tips for Writing a Winning Cover Letter

Wondering how to sell an essay? Writing a cover letter that’s short and perfect to introduce your pages will sell a piece faster than submitting an excellent article or essay with an uninspired note. This article is excerpted from Susan S...

The 12 Best and Worst Things That Could Happen After Your Freelance Article Is Accepted

This article is excerpted from Susan Shapiro’s new book, The Byline Bible: Get Published in Five Weeks © 2018 from Writer’s Digest Books. The newspaper, magazine or web editor loves the freelance article you submitted and says “Yes!...

State of Wonder: Annihilation and Wonderbook Author Jeff VanderMeer Imparts His Best Tips for Cultivating Creativity from the World Around You

For Jeff VanderMeer, the act of writing is only a component of the process—to him, experiences are vital to storytelling. Here, he shares his best tips for discovering the wonder in the world around you. Photo by Kyle Cassidy “I’m not...

3 Writing Tips From Bestseller Sloane Crosley

By Carten Cordell Sloane Crosley can coax humor from the most unlikeliest of depths, whether it’s a good line from your locksmith or avenging a childhood slight during a pride parade. Right-hand photo Credit: Ungano + Agriodimas 2017 It...

The 5 Best Ways to Boost Your Grades

Looking to boost your grades to the next level? Here are the five best tips we know. In the immortal words of every relative you’ve ever encountered at a family gathering, “How’s school?” If the honest answer to that question bums y...

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