Lord of the Flies

by William Golding

The Hired Girl

Laura Amy Schlitz

Writing Dialogue:
Tips from the Trenches.

Nothing kills a story faster than bad dialogue. So said Elmore Leonard, one of the masters of written dialogue and one of my biggest influences as a writer. These tips were mostly inspired by his genius, not my own. But they are guidelines that serve me well. DIALOGUE TIP #1 Dialogue should always do something […]

Do this not that when you write to the admissions committee.

I got deferred from my first choice school. I know it’s a long shot, but I heard you can write a deferral-response letter to the admissions committee. So, a couple questions. When should I send it? What should I say in it? And is there anything else that might help at this point? –P.A., USA […]

College Application Essays:
30 Minutes to Great

You can write a winning college admissions essay. You have it in you. Your story is already in your head. The trick is to get it out of your head onto the page. Better still, getting it onto the page doesn't have to be much of a trick. In fact, you can be ready to […]

I Can't Write This Essay!

I’m so stressed out trying to finish my college applications. The supplemental questions are the worst. How am I supposed to say everything I need to in just 250 or 350 words? I don’t know how to write an essay that short. Help! –K.N., USA You’re right: 250 words isn’t a whole lot to work with. But […]

Writing Villainously for Fun and Profit

Of all the characters I create, I enjoy writing my villains the most. I practically cackle with glee whenever I start dreaming up all of the awful things they will do to my other characters. Maybe that’s because in my real life I am so well-behaved that it feels ridiculously fun to be bad…even if […]

Thesis Statements: Four Steps to a Great Essay

If you’re going to write a winning essay, you definitely need a thesis. That’s why I decided to make you a step-by-step video on how to write an awesome thesis statement. Writing a thesis statement is all about figuring out the main idea for your paper, and then explaining that main idea to your reader. […]

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