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6 Things You Need to Fix Before Handing in Your Essay

It’s taken weeks, but you’ve finally got a solid draft of your essay. You’ve spent a lot of late nights with this bad boy and it’s finally time to hand it in. You’ve read it and re-read it, so what could wrong? Well, a bunch. Beca...

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Brainstorming a title for a collection of baseball essays

Hoping to pick some brains to get some ideas on a title for my upcoming collection of essays on baseball history. It’s going to be a pretty short book, just 15 chapters in varying lengths about fascinating/lesser known facts about pla...

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Thesis and College Writing

So my semester is coming to a close; I’ve just wrapped up my final paper and exam for my Intro. to Literary Analysis course. As somebody who prides myself on being good with words, loves reading and really any form of storytelling, an...

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person essays and our truths, memories, and blood on the page

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...

Member Monday: This Writing Life

This Writing Life By Linda Boyden In the 1990s after I had retired from teaching and was unpublished, my writing rules were simple: write everyday. Write about what you know and especially read in the genre in which you hope to be published...

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Why is writing so biased towards fiction?

There really are different skill sets at play when you look at journalism compared to creative writing. I’m speaking from my own experience, but journalism is all about getting the story. They used to say the biggest tool for a journa...

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Show-Then-Tell “the Essay”

The first time I encountered the term “thesis statement” (in regards to fiction) was way back in 2011, in one of Chuck Palahniuk’s craft essays. In it, he argued that the thesis statement summarizes what’s going to h...

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George Orwell’s 5 Rules for Effective Writing

Hey folks. I did a quick search and it doesn’t appear the following has been shared before. Here is an essay written by George Orwell. A guideline for preventing common errors in written language. I have found it very helpful: Politic...

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What defines good literature?

There are a number of issues here that underlay the definition of “good literature.” The first, which was the most damaging early on, in my opinion, was who was qualified to define the status. Matthew Arnold created the idea for...

Writing Submissions for Magazines: How to Submit Writing to a Magazine

In this post, we look at how to handle writing submissions for magazines. Whether you write fiction, nonfiction, or poetry, learn how to submit writing to a magazine. Submitting to magazines is a great way to break into the publishing world...

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