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“NO!” my friend shouted, upset. “What’s wrong?” I asked, leaving the kitchen to join them in the living room. “This company wants a cover letter in addition to a resume!” I understand why it can seem distressing to have to add a cover letter to a resume. It’s enough of […]

How to Write a Winning Application Cover Letter


Why You Should Plagiarize Poetry
How do we become better poets? As with all forms of writing, the way you get better at writing poetry is by intentionally writing more poetry. Keyword: intentionally. If you want to get better at poetry, you need to focus on different elements and techniques. So to get better at […]

Why You Should Plagiarize Poetry


Because our world is so fast-paced, it can be difficult to make time to look at your writing again before you submit it. However, using a one-draft approach to writing is a mistake that many of us have to make simply because we don’t have time to work on more than […]

Why Revision is the Most Important Writing You Do



5 Elements of Successful Stories
Every story, no matter what it is about or how long or short it is, uses these 5 elements to capture your interest and take you along for a ride into a world previously unknown to you. Everything that you notice about a story—what you liked about it, moments that spoke […]

5 Elements of Successful Stories


How to Write Your Goals
Facing the prospect of life after graduation kind of makes my skin crawl because my major is so open that I could literally take it and run anywhere and do anything with excellence. I have glamorous dreams, but no dream comes to pass without putting in the work beforehand. Enter goal setting […]

How to Write Your Goals (and Why You Need Them)




How to Write When You Don't Have Time to Write
I shouldn’t be writing this right now because between a huge event I’m putting on for my college and my senior project I have enough to do. But here I am, pattering away at my keyboard so that you can learn something useful. Our relationship to time is odd You live […]

How to Write When You Don’t Have Time to Write


How to Expand Your Vocabulary
Most of the writerly advice I hear and share boils down to this: keep it simple. From sentence structure to grammar and even your vocabulary, if you want to communicate, you need to simplify. Why bother making your personal bank of words complex when you only need to use the […]

How to Expand Your Vocabulary


See also: How to Write any Essay Abstracts are the short (usually 100-700 words) paragraphs you see printed in research journals that describe whatever is in the actual research paper. Any essay that is published usually comes with an abstract. Used to help readers determine whether or not they need […]

How to Write an Abstract for a Paper



My favorite poetic assignments were always the free verse poems. After however many weeks of sonnets, blank verse, haikus and other strict forms, it was nice to be able to just spew words. But after writing more poetry, I’ve found that free verse is just as much of a form as […]

How to Write Free Verse Poetry